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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Greasing a big pole then trying to climb on top while half-naked?

How is Don't Ask, Don't Tell still in place?