An unidentified female midshipman is driven away on a cart after being injured during the Herndon Monument climb at the U.S. Naval Academy on Monday, May 23, 2011. She was treated and released from a ... more 
An unidentified female midshipman is driven away on a cart after being injured during the Herndon Monument climb at the U.S. Naval Academy on Monday, May 23, 2011. She was treated and released from a local hospital a short time afterward, said Cmdr. Joe Carpenter, a Naval Academy spokesman. This year’s climb marked the return of a lard coating to make the climb more challenging, after the previous superintendent cited safety concerns when he decided not to include lard on the 21-foot obelisk in last year’s climb. This year’s climb took nearly 2 hours and 42 minutes for a student to reach the top to switch a first-year student’s hat with an upper classman’s. Last year’s climb took about 2 minutes. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Brian Witte
Tue, May 24, 2011 1:54 PM EDT