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Get a Grip is a recurring endurance challenge that originated in Survivor: Vanuatu and has since been used in several later seasons.


The castaways must hang onto a pole for as long as they can. They may not hold on to the top of the pole to support themselves, but must instead rely on footholds. The last person left holding on without touching the ground wins.


This challenge debuted in Vanuatu as the final eight Immunity Challenge. Played in the middle of a drizzle that made the poles slippery, Twila Tanner ultimately outlasted Chad Crittenden after an unspecified amount of time to win immunity.

The challenge was again used as the first individual Immunity Challenge in Cook Islands after the merge. After 2 hours and 15 minutes and a heavy storm settling in partway through the challenge, Ozzy Lusth ultimately outlasted Candice Woodcock to win immunity.

In Tocantins, this challenge was once again the first individual Immunity Challenge after the merge. Tyson Apostol ultimately outlasted Debbie Beebe after over thirty minutes to win immunity.

In Heroes vs. Villains, the challenge was again the first post-merge Immunity Challenge. After over 1 hour and 35 minutes, the last Hero, Candice Woodcock, inexplicably stepped down, leaving Villain allies Danielle DiLorenzo and Parvati Shallow to cut a deal to allow Danielle to win immunity.

In South Pacific, the challenge was used as the final Redemption Island duel. After over 40 minutes, Ozzy Lusth defeated Brandon Hantz, permanently eliminating Brandon, and allowing Ozzy to re-enter the game.

In Blood vs. Water, the challenge was used again used as Redemption Island duel, this time to re-enter the game at the merge. After over 20 minutes, John Cody fell off first, followed by Laura Boneham, allowing Laura Morett to win. John and Laura B. were permanently eliminated, while Laura M. was able to re-enter the game.

In Worlds Apart, the challenge was once again the first individual Immunity Challenge. After around an hour, Joe Anglim ultimately outlasted Carolyn Rivera in the middle of a rainstorm to win immunity.

In Game Changers, the challenge appeared as the final twelve Immunity Challenge. Tai Trang ultimately outlasted Ozzy Lusth after 1 hour and 35 minutes to win immunity.

In Winners at War, the challenge was again the first individual Immunity Challenge, with both the longest-lasting man and woman winning. After an unspecified amount of time in pouring rain, Denise Stapley outlasted Kim Spradlin-Wolfe to win immunity for the women, while Jeremy Collins ultimately held on longer than Nick Wilson to claim immunity for the men.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Culture Shock and Violent Storms"
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Twila Tanner
Cook Islands
"Why Would You Trust Me?"
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Ozzy Lusth
"The Dragon Slayer"
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Tyson Apostol
Heroes vs. Villains
"Going Down in Flames"
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Danielle DiLorenzo
South Pacific
"Loyalties Will Be Broken"
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Ozzy Lusth
Blood vs. Water
"Skin of My Teeth"
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Laura Morett
Worlds Apart
"The Line Will Be Drawn Tonight"
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Joe Anglim
Game Changers
"There's a New Sheriff in Town"
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Tai Trang
Winners at War
"This Is Where the Battle Begins"
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Denise Stapley
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Jeremy Collins




Recurring Challenges
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 · 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 · 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