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.
Naval Academy freshmen conquer the greased 21-foot-tall Herndon Monument at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The monument is covered in 50 pounds of vegetable shortening. It is an exercise in teamwork and perseverance for hundreds of students and marks the conclusion of their plebe year. The plebes must remove an underclassman's "Dixie cup" hat from the top of the monument and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. The slippery task took them over two hours to complete. ? ? Read the full story at washingtonpost.com? ? Photographs by Michael Robinson Chavez (@mrobinsonchavez)/@washingtonpost #navalacademy #plebes #annapolis
Freshmen en la Academia Naval de EE. UU. intentan escalar Herndon, una tradición anual de escalar un obelisco cubierto de manteca de cerdo, que representa la transición de la clase de plebe a intermediarios y simbólicamente termina su primer año en la academia. #navy #navalacademy #herndonclimb #tradition #annapolis
This year’s #herndon was capped/nearly capped several times before the man in charge would call it good. So this post is for you, noncappers. Maybe one of you will become admiral and then they can change the tradition from “placed by hand” to “just toss it up there and call it good so we don’t have to stand here all day” #gonavy #navy #navalacademy #midshipmen #midshipman #annapolis #traditions #commweek2018 ??
Still in the mood for more? Watch the entire two and a half hour climb below.
This is extremely homoerotic. But I hope there were no girls on the video, and that all boys were completly naked.
homoerotic is in the eye of the beholder.
these gurls on here are too much…..
Last year’s “Phallus climbing” had older looking guys jumping all over each other, it was so yummy to watch, I had to light a cigarette after words.
This year they look like young teens………………..meh doesn’t do it for me.
I thought the same thing! Wonder why?
I wonder if I could convince them to climb into a VW Beetle with me. They look dumb.
It’s an exercise in getting almost naked and climbing all over your buddies. Groping, pulling, hanging, throbbing, slipping, sliding, rubbing, yanking, thrusting, greasing, and we haven’t even started yet.
While this was entertaining to watch, I don’t see how Queerty got a phallus symbol out of that obelisk.
Good Training! Billy-There’s a girl in there. Mick! Every obelisk is a phallus symbol.
These are Navy Cads, not Army Grunts or Marines, unless they go into Navy SEAL, they likely won’t be pulling their half- alive buddies out of Crisco and water-just blood, sweat and tears. And worse, um, shit!
Leaning and experiencing the interdependence we have with one another, no better place to train than in the military. Good old-fashioned trust, teamwork and sense of mission accomplishment.
Physical? You better believe it. Emotional? Oh Yeah. Intellectual? Er, um, we’ll wait for more Training.
I applaud the Academy for permitting this seemingly juvenile event to continue because these juveniles shall grow up to be real grownups, Like-Adult Naval Officers!
Go For It-All the training there is and all you can get. I like the pics, too.
“Do you have what it takes to be an individual and collective (giant) phallus?”
“Or are you just relying on -and running after- other phallus in your life?” haha
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