Herndon Monument


Plebes No More: Naval Academy Freshmen Climb Herndon Monument

It’s an annual rite of passage at the U.S. Naval Academy: the Herndon climb. Hundreds of plebes scramble to climb a greased up monument to replace a freshman’s hat with a midshipman’s hat.


Herndon Monument Climb

Plebes No More: USNA Midshipmen Complete Herndon Monument Climb

Grab the lard. Monday marks the annual tradition known as the Herndon Monument Climb at the Naval Academy.


Herndon Climb 2013

Herndon Monument Climb Separates Plebes From Midshipman

It’s time for the annual Herndon Monument climb.


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Oklahoman Completes Herndon Monument Climb

In the four years they spend at the Naval Academy, midshipmen not only get a great education but they are immersed in centuries of ritual and tradition.



Naval Academy Takes Part In Annual Greased Monument Climb

One of the more memorable events leading up to the Naval Academy graduation is the annual Herndon Climb. It’s a race to climb a greased monument and replace a freshman’s hat with a midshipman’s hat.