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  • Naval Academy Freshman Partake In Annual Climb Of Greased Herndon Monument

    They're off! (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Naval Academy Freshman Partake In Annual Climb Of Greased Herndon Monument

    The base is formed (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Naval Academy Freshman Partake In Annual Climb Of Greased Herndon Monument

    Another layer is added. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Naval Academy Freshman Partake In Annual Climb Of Greased Herndon Monument

    This is when things get slick. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Naval Academy Freshman Partake In Annual Climb Of Greased Herndon Monument

    See?! (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Naval Academy Freshman Partake In Annual Climb Of Greased Herndon Monument

    No lard here, but those socks need some TLC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Naval Academy Freshman Partake In Annual Climb Of Greased Herndon Monument

    Almost there! (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Naval Academy Freshman Partake In Annual Climb Of Greased Herndon Monument

    Foiled by the hose! (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Naval Academy Freshman Partake In Annual Climb Of Greased Herndon Monument

    Not bad, Plebs. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Naval Academy Freshman Partake In Annual Climb Of Greased Herndon Monument

    Success! (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Annapolis Naval Academy freshmen make a human wall to climb the Herndon Monument which is covered with lard in Annapolis, Maryland.

Each year the freshman class, known as 'Plebes,' climb the monument at the Naval Academy to retrieve the Plebian Sailor's hat and replace it with a midshipman's hat. The tradition is one step in marking the end of wearing freshman headgear and moving up to headgear more like a U.S. Naval officer.

That's one way to finish freshman year!