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Back in Slack (also known as Victory in the Bag) is a recurring Survivor challenge. It debuted in Survivor: David vs. Goliath and reappeared in Island of the Idols and 41.


Tribes must make their way across an obstacle course, either on land or in the water. Once they have reached the other end of the course, one member must attempt to land a series of items on a target. The first tribe to land the specified number of items on their target wins.


The challenge first appeared as the final ten Reward Challenge in David vs. Goliath. Divided into two teams of five, each person had to cross a rope bridge using hanging ropes over the water to the other end. Once at the end, one member must attempt to land three of poles onto a rung, with each end of the poles having to be on the same level of the rung. The orange team of Alec Merlino, Alison Raybould, Christian Hubicki, Gabby Pascuzzi, and Mike White fell behind early after Alison struggled to cross the rope bridge. They would manage to catch up, however, with Alec quickly landing all three poles just ahead of the purple team to win reward for the orange team.

The challenge was used as an unaired Reward Challenge in Island of the Idols. Tribes must go over a net, then roll a large wooden cube under an elevated support, with one member then climbing up to retrieve a key. They must then unlock a box containing sandbags, then land each sandbag one one of five elevated platforms. Vokai won the challenge, winning a reward of pizza.

In 41, the challenge was used as a Reward/Immunity Challenge, using the same rope bridge course as in David vs. Goliath, but having to dig up and land five sandbags on elevated platforms as in Island of the Idols. All three tribes were relatively even at the final stage, with Luvu, then Yase, managing to land all their sandbags to win reward and immunity, sending Ua to Tribal Council.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
David vs. Goliath
"Tribal Lines Are Blurred"
Team Reward S37 alec t.pngS37 alison t.png
S37 christian t.pngS37 gabby t.pngS37 mike t.png
Alec, Alison, Christian, Gabby, & Mike
Island of the Idols
"I Was Born at Night, but Not Last Night"
Tribal Reward S39 aaron t.pngS39 dan t.pngS39 elaine t.png
S39 elizabeth t.pngS39 lauren t.pngS39 missy t.pngS39 tommy t.png
"My Million Dollar Mistake"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S41 danny t.pngS41 deshawn t.pngS41 erika t.png
S41 heather t.pngS41 naseer t.pngS41 sydney t.png
S41 evvie t.pngS41 liana t.pngS41 tiffany t.pngS41 xander t.png




Recurring Challenges
A Bit Dinghy · A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Love · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kenny Log-Ins · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Running Down a Dream · · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung A Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Star Man · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me