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.
Grab the lard. Monday marks the annual tradition known as the Herndon Monument Climb at the Naval Academy.
It’s time for the annual 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.
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.