The Annual Naval Academy Herndon Monument Climb Is Happening Right Now!

It’s the most entertaining day of the year at the U.S. Naval Academy.

It’s Herndon Monument Climb Day — when the academy’s 1,000 or so freshmen, known as the plebe class, attempt to climb the 21-foot tall Herndon Monument and remove the plebe hat or “dixie cup” from the top. The obelisk is covered in vegetable shortening, which makes the already challenging task, more difficult. you have to form a human pyramid and work as a team. It started at 1:30pm and usually takes a couple hours to complete.

Spectacular jumps, falls, and hilarity as they scale the greasy heights. Watch it live here!

 
 
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