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GOLDEN - Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to school they go. Incoming freshman at Colorado School of Mines participated in the traditional "M Climb" Monday morning.

The climb takes place the day before classes start each year. Freshman carry a 10-pound rock on a hike up Mount Zion and place their rock on the "M."

The "M" – which stands for "mines" - was built in the early 1900's by School of Mines students and faculty. The "M" is made out of rocks from years of freshman participating in the over 60-year-old tradition.

The M Climb also involves the freshman painting the "M" with watered down white paint. Usually, the students paint themselves as well.

The Blue Key International Honor Society is the on-campus organization dedicated to preserving the "M." They say the "M" was created to boost school spirit.

The structure is lit every night with lights that can be seen all around town.

After their four years, students are encouraged to climb back to the "M" and take their rock home

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