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Hold Your Own (also known as The Mast) is a recurring endurance challenge in Survivor. First appearing in Survivor: Panama, it has since reappeared internationally in Survivor South Africa: Panama and Australian Survivor: Brains v Brawn.


While standing or kneeling on a suspended platform, the contestants will hold on to (a percentage of) their body weight, as borne by ropes or a ring. When they can no longer hold on, the platform will give way, and they will plunge into a pool beneath them. The last person left holding on wins.


United States[]

In its debut in Panama, the final six started the challenge holding on to 20% of their body weight, with an another 10% of their weight being added every 15 minutes. The challenge came down to Courtney Marit and Terry Deitz, with Terry winning his fourth consecutive Immunity Challenge to evade the Casaya Alliance yet again.


The challenge was used at the final seven of Brains v Brawn (2021) as an Immunity Challenge. The Fire tribe stood on individual suspended platforms and supported their full weight by holding on to a ring. After 90 minutes, the remaining contestants were told to hold on by one hand for the remainder of the challenge. Hayley Leake outlasted Andrew Ucles to win her second consecutive Immunity Challenge.

South Africa[]

The challenge was modified for use as a tribal Immunity Challenge in Survivor South Africa: Panama. The tribes would stand on a platform while holding on to a bar bearing a portion of their tribe's combined body weight. As the challenge progresses, it will become harder to hold on, causing the platform to give way. When the tribe lets go, the platform will drop, and so will the tribe members. Although Rana started the challenge putting up a clear struggle with enduring the weight, after 45 minutes, it was Nico Hinis that fell first, causing Aguila to lose yet another Immunity Challenge.

In Champions, the challenge was used as the final Salvation Duel. Tribe captains Corné Krige and Mark Fish stood on an individual plank over a lake and pushed down on a handle to support their body weight. Corné showed visible signs of struggle throughout the challenge and eventually dropped into the water first, giving Mark his fourth Salvation victory.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
"Perilous Scramble"
Individual Immunity S12 terry t
Terry Deitz

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Brains v Brawn (2021)
Episode 19
Individual Immunity AUS8 hayley t
Hayley Leake

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Episode 7
Tribal Immunity ZAS1 gareth tZAS1 jacinda tZAS1 lezel tZAS1 zayn t
Episode 16
Salvation Duel ZAS5 mark t
Mark Fish




Recurring Challenges
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