Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Climbing The Herndon Monument - US Naval Academy Annapolis
A first-year student at the U.S. Naval Academy has succeeded in the annual tradition of placing a cap atop the 21-foot-high Herndon Monument.
Schyler Widman, 19, of Jackson Hole, Wyo., put the cap on the monument in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 38 seconds on Monday. The obelisk is greased with 200 pounds of lard for the challenge.
Midshipmen traditionally end their "plebe" year by removing a cap and placing another one on top of the monument.
It's believed the tradition began in 1907.