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Hear About It Ladder (also known as Beastie Buoys and Discography) is a recurring physical challenge on Survivor.


Castaways must swim out to a giant ladder jutting out over the water, climb it, leap into the water, and dive down to retrieve buoys. They must then use the buoys to score in several baskets. The first team to score in all their baskets wins.

In Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers and Island of the Idols, the baskets were laid out in the water for the castaways to shoot into, while in David vs. Goliath a ramp was provided for the castaways to run up from and attempt to shoot their buoys into the baskets.


The challenge debuted in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers where three members of each team climbed the ladder and collected the buoys, while the last two members used the keys attached to the buoys to unlock another set of buoys that they would need to shoot into the baskets. The red team of Chrissy Hofbeck, Cole Medders, Joe Mena, JP Hilsabeck, and Mike Zahalsky took the lead early on, and although the blue team managed to catch up while shooting buoys, the red team still pulled it out in the end to win reward.

The challenge returned in David vs. Goliath where all members of each team would have to climb the ladder and release two lines of buoys in the water before shooting five marked buoys into the baskets. In a random draw, Christian Hubicki was left out, with no shot at reward. The challenge was relatively even until Carl Boudreaux and Davie Rickenbacker led the orange team consisting of themselves, Kara Kay, and Mike White in shooting their buoys into the baskets to win reward.

The challenge was used as a tribal Immunity Challenge in Island of the Idols where four castaways from each tribe would have to climb the ladder and retrieve the buoys, then maneuver the buoys across a set of balance beams. The last four members then had to shoot the buoys into three baskets. Lairo fell behind early on as Karishma Patel struggled to keep up, giving Vokai an early lead. Although Dean Kowalski was able to use his collegiate basketball background to help Lairo catch up in shooting the baskets, Vokai managed to score all of their first to win immunity and send Lairo to Tribal Council.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
"Fear of the Unknown"
Team Reward S35 chrissy t.pngS35 cole t.png
S35 joe t.pngS35 jp t.pngS35 mike t.png
Chrissy, Cole, Joe, JP, & Mike
David vs. Goliath
"Tribal Lines Are Blurred"
Team Reward S37 carl t.pngS37 davie t.pngS37 kara t.pngS37 mike t.png
Carl, Davie, Kara, & Mike
Island of the Idols
"Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds You"
Tribal Immunity S39 aaron t.pngS39 dan t.pngS39 elaine t.pngS39 elizabeth t.png
S39 jason t.pngS39 lauren t.pngS39 missy t.pngS39 tommy t.png



  • Two of the names used for this challenge are in some way musical references.
    • Hear About It Ladder is a reference to the Van Halen song Hear About It Later.
    • Beastie Buoys is a reference to the American hip hop group the Beastie Boys.


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