U.S. Naval Academy freshman in Annapolis competed in the annual Herndon climb yesterday afternoon, where they are required to place a hat atop a 21-foot obelisk greased with lard. It took them 2 hours and 9 minutes to do so. Watch the live video above.
The WaPo reports: “The annual tradition marks the end of their hellacious “plebe” year at the academy, the country’s premier training ground for Navy and Marine Corps officers. But that year is only over once the freshmen, known as plebes, manage to replace a “dixie cup” cap perched at the monument’s tip with an upperclassman’s hat….The ‘capper’ was Peter Rossi from Phoenix.”
It's 1,000 college students climbing a greased-up monument and we can't get enough.
— WTHR.com (@WTHRcom) May 22, 2018
— Devin Bartolotta (@WJZDevin) May 21, 2018
Class of 2021 Herndon Climb
Plebe no more! pic.twitter.com/3wBD6YUSxk
— Bonnie Monninger (@Bonterp) May 21, 2018