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 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 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.
"Culture Shock and Violent Storms"
"Why Would You Trust Me?"
"The Dragon Slayer"
|Heroes vs. Villains
"Going Down in Flames"
"Loyalties Will Be Broken"
|Blood vs. Water
"Skin of My Teeth"
"The Line Will Be Drawn Tonight"
"There's a New Sheriff in Town"
|Winners at War
"This Is Where the Battle Begins"
- The name of the challenge is from an Aerosmith album.
- This is the second challenge in which a returning player has won the same challenge twice. Ozzy Lusth won this challenge in the Cook Islands, and later in South Pacific. The first challenge to have this distinction was the When It Rains, It Pours challenge, which was won by Parvati Shallow in Micronesia and Heroes vs. Villains.
- This challenge has been used as a Redemption Island duel twice. Both times, it was won by a returning player who re-entered the game.
- With the exception of Twila Tanner, every castaway who has won this challenge has competed in more than one season.
- Of the 20 contestants to compete against Ozzy Lusth over three seasons, only Tai Trang has outlasted him in this challenge.
- This challenge made an appearance in every season Candice Cody, J.T. Thomas, and Tyson Apostol participated in.
- However, each of them only competed in the challenge twice.
- In Worlds Apart, the poles were 13 feet high.