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The Herndon Climb: It's That Time Again

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Well, it's that time of year again when upperclassmen at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis grease up the Herndon Monument obelisk so dozens of shirtless plebes can fulfill the ritual of graduating to midshipmen, which they do by climbing to the top of it.

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Photographer Matthew Randall has the event well-documented. These are a few of our favorites. A silent video of the struggle, after the jump.

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2007 Herndon Monument Climb [allrand photography]

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  1. I think I just popped a load.

    Posted by: jjabely | May 29, 2007 2:51:53 PM


  2. oh, to climb that big hard rock with all those hard rock bodies....I'd be rock hard down under and to have lard at the ready. Oh the possibilities. Lawd, how my imagination has run-a-muck !!!! This has made my Tues.

    Posted by: Vince~n~NYC | May 29, 2007 3:34:46 PM


  3. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful sight to see. Tender chicken!

    Posted by: yum | May 29, 2007 3:41:27 PM


  4. a chiropractor's wet dream come true.

    Posted by: sean | May 29, 2007 3:42:08 PM


  5. Don't ask, don't tell, don't lick, don't grope, don't pinch, don't drool...

    Posted by: Rad | May 29, 2007 3:45:38 PM


  6. Don't ask, don't tell, don't lick, don't grope, don't pinch, don't drool...

    Posted by: Rad | May 29, 2007 3:47:54 PM


  7. Sweet Mother of God... only in America can a throng of hard-body militantly hetero hunks writhe their way collectively up a gigantic phallus, all as part of training for an institution rigidly opposed to homosexuals. Hilarious.

    But more importantly, fucking hot. Are there bleacher seats open to the public for this each year?

    Posted by: Lance | May 29, 2007 4:10:54 PM


  8. i guess its impossible is possible together why some have shirts on shall remain unknown

    Posted by: sasha | May 29, 2007 4:32:23 PM


  9. :0) @ Lance.. very funny!

    Posted by: Greg | May 29, 2007 4:36:42 PM


  10. "hard-body militantly hetero hunks" -- Lance, they aren't all hetero hunks. I grew up one block outside of Gate 3 of the Yard and know that these "hetero hunks" love the attentions of other guys... :)

    Posted by: Jason | May 29, 2007 4:47:01 PM


  11. and they say your US Navy isn't gay?

    Posted by: Vance | May 29, 2007 5:19:23 PM


  12. Can you imagine growing up a block away from that? Christ Almighty. Jason, don't be cruel -- I want details. Leave more comments, start a blog, sign a book deal, etc etc =)

    Posted by: Lance | May 29, 2007 5:21:04 PM


  13. Welcome to the new Abercrombie & Fitch ad....

    Posted by: woodroad34 | May 29, 2007 5:52:24 PM


  14. Are midshipmen required to shave their chests? Damn!

    Posted by: JT | May 29, 2007 5:59:25 PM


  15. Lance - LOL!! But I second that motion, Jason. Do tell :)

    Posted by: silverskreen | May 29, 2007 6:01:46 PM


  16. Do these lads know how lucky they are?

    Posted by: anon | May 29, 2007 10:52:23 PM


  17. Mmmm... it's just like in my dreams.

    Posted by: Scott-O-Rama | May 29, 2007 11:36:19 PM


  18. OK, since no one else took it-I will. That's a hell of a lot of Seamen on that obelisk.

    Posted by: otto | May 30, 2007 6:10:50 AM


  19. so, um, where's the youtube link ? ;)

    Posted by: Jez | May 30, 2007 6:11:07 AM


  20. sing aloud boys...'in the navy'.....

    Posted by: Andrew | May 30, 2007 6:16:59 AM


  21. Same thing happens at Queen's University in Canada, only it's about 3 inches of lanolin and you have to grab a tam that's nailed to the top. It usually takes about an hour, and it's quite entertaining.

    Posted by: Eve | Jun 1, 2007 9:52:58 AM


  22. The most amazing thing for a military veteran of 30 years ago such as myself is the look of these guys: A&F meets Bruce Weber meets Fire Island circa 1990's.It's as if gay culture/body image has conquered young straight(for the most part) guys. Remember when str8 guys could show some gut and hairy chest?

    Posted by: Brett | Jun 2, 2007 3:01:01 PM


  23. The most amazing thing for a military veteran of 30 years ago such as myself is the look of these guys: A&F meets Bruce Weber meets Fire Island circa 1990's.It's as if gay culture/body image has conquered young straight(for the most part) guys. Remember when str8 guys could show some gut and hairy chest?

    Posted by: Brett | Jun 2, 2007 3:03:42 PM


  24. He goes to my gym.

    Posted by: Marc Olmsted | Jan 24, 2008 9:41:24 AM


  25. Look at 1:33 in the video, the guy holding the top guy up on the far left on the top. Someone is taking full potential of the situation. Look at hand placement. (Wow i wish that was me.)

    Posted by: Billy | Jul 15, 2009 6:40:08 PM


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