It’s Time for the Herndon Climb: Shirtless Navy Boys Mount A Greased Pole

Last year and the year before, I posted about the Herndon Climb – where Navy cadets climb a greased stone monument. The annual event involving the freshman class at Annapolis Naval Academy , known as ‘Plebes,’ climb the monument to capture the Plebian Sailor’s hat and replace it with an officer’s hat.

Eye on Annapolis reports:

“Tradition has it that the midshipman who makes it to the top will be the first in his class to achieve the rank of Admiral. The climb, a tradition since 1950, has recently been the subject of some controversy when former Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Jeffrey Fowler disallowed the use of the lard. Current Superintendent, Vice Admiral Michael H. Miller reinstated the long standing tradition.”

As in past years, I need a moment alone in the rest room.

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