Battle to the top

PHOTOS: Lubed up plebes continue annual tradition of scaling giant stone phallus

The annual climbing of the Herndon Monument happened this week at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Hundreds of hot, sweaty plebes lathered in oil worked together to scale the 21-foot obelisk whilst being sprayed by a giant hose.

Their mission? To replace the underclassman’s “dixie cup” hat at the top of the slippery wet stone monument.

The Capital Gazette reports:

For decades, the Herndon Climb has marked the end of plebe year for midshipmen. It is the culmination of everything they’ve learned about teamwork. They must form a human pyramid to scrape away at the vegetable shortening covering the monument, remove a ‘Dixie cup’ hat from the top of the structure and replace it with an upperclassman’s hat.

This year, it took the plebes more than two hours to successfully complete their mission.

The first recorded Herndon Monument Climb happened in 1962 and took 12 minutes. The fastest recorded time was by the class of 1972, who completed the task in 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Scroll down for pics from this year’s climb.

30 minutes in on the #herndonclimb. #usna

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Class of 2021 Herndon Monument Climb @usnavalacademy

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Still in the mood for more? Watch the entire two and a half hour climb below.