Hear About It Ladder (also known as Beastie Buoys) 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 five baskets. The first team to score five baskets wins.

In Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, 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 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.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
"Fear of the Unknown"
Team Reward S35 chrissy tS35 cole t
S35 joe tS35 jp tS35 mike t
Chrissy, Cole, Joe, JP, & Mike
David vs. Goliath
"Tribal Lines Are Blurred"
Team Reward S37 carl tS37 davie tS37 kara tS37 mike t
Carl, Davie, Kara, & Mike



  • Each winning team has only had one female member. They also both had one team member named Mike.
  • Both 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.


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