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.
Photographer Matthew Randall has the event well-documented. These are a few of our favorites. A silent video of the struggle, after the jump.
2007 Herndon Monument Climb [allrand photography]