What does the combination of undressed sailors, a lubed pole, and a mad rush to cover its tip bring to mind? The Annapolis Naval Academy’s annual Herndon Monument Climb, of course!
For decades the school’s freshman class or “plebes” mark their advancement into the sophomore ranks by participating in this delectably sweaty, eventually shirtless group tradition. In an intensely unrestrained, grinding gang display of mariner muscle (usually unseen outside of a San Francisco Fleet Week after party) the mob mount each other to climb the Crisco covered obelisk. When one mighty mate reaches the top and replaces a dixie cup with a midshipman’s hat, the rite of passage is complete.
The event elicits lots of passion, pride, honor, and most of all, underwear sightings. Here is one sizzling swarm of slick and slippery students showing off plenty of spirit and plebeian waistband.
More pics after the jump.