Chimney Sweep is a recurring endurance challenge on Survivor. It debuted in Survivor: Fiji and later re-appeared in Survivor: Tocantins, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: Redemption Island, and Survivor: Edge of Extinction.


The castaways would brace themselves with their arms between two walls while standing barefoot on two foot pegs. Every 15 minutes, the castaways would move down to smaller foot pegs. When the castaways reached the third set of foot pegs, they would try to remain on them as long as they could. The last castaway to remain on their pegs would win.


Yau-Man Chan was the first contestant to win this challenge when it appeared as the first individual Immunity Challenge in episode 10 "It's a Turtle?!" of Survivor: Fiji. After more than one hour, Yau-Man became the last man standing by outlasting Boo Bernis, winning individual immunity.

J.T. Thomas won the challenge after a close fought battle with Coach Wade after over 50 minutes when it reappeared as the final five Immunity Challenge in Survivor: Tocantins.

The Villains tribe won a feast at an Outback steakhouse after winning this challenge over the Heroes tribe when it was set up as a head-to-head tribal Reward Challenge in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

In Survivor: Redemption Island, Matt Elrod won this Redemption Island duel against his Redemption Island opponent, Sarita White, allowing him to re-enter the game.

When it reappeared in Survivor: Edge of Extinction, the challenge came down to Gavin Whitson and Lauren O'Connell after multiple successive dropouts. Over 50 minutes into the challenge, Lauren dropped, leaving Gavin as the winner of the challenge.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"It's a Turtle?!"
Individual Immunity S14 yauman t
Yau-Man Chan
"The Martyr Approach"
Individual Immunity S18 jt t
J.T. Thomas
Heroes vs. Villains
"Survivor History"
Tribal Reward S20 courtney tS20 danielle tS20 jerri t
S20 parvati tS20 russell tS20 sandra t
Redemption Island
"This Game Respects Big Moves"
Duel S22 matt t
Matt Elrod
Edge of Extinction
Individual Immunity S38 gavin t
Gavin Whitson




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