House of the Holey (also known as Rice Race, A Bridge You Must Cross, and Back in the Saddle) is a recurring challenge from Survivor. It debuted in Survivor: Worlds Apart and has since reappeared in Kaôh Rōng, Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, David vs. Goliath, and Edge of Extinction.


The tribes must race through an obstacle course while retrieving bags with balls. At the finish, one person for each tribe must balance on a beam while attempting to maneuver a ball through a maze of holes to the top. The first tribe to get all three balls to the top wins.


In Worlds Apart, the tribes were attached to a rope and one at a time had to maneuver through a rope obstacle grabbing a bag of balls and heading to the finish. At the finish, one person for each tribe would balance on a beam while attempting to maneuver a ball through a maze of holes to the top. All three tribes were neck-and-neck throughout the challenge, but the Nagarote and Masaya tribes narrowly won, sending Escameca to their first Tribal Council.

The challenge re-appeared in Kaôh Rōng where the tribes had to transfer three bags of rice across an obstacle course in the water. At the end of the course, they must open the bags to retrieve three balls and maneuver them in the maze of holes. After an early lead at the obstacle course, the Gondol tribe easily finished first. In a close race at the third ball, To Tang won their first challenge, sending Chan Loh to their first Tribal Council.

The challenge was again used in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, with a similar obstacle course to the one used in Kaôh Rōng. After a tight race through the obstacle course, Soko fell behind after Chrissy Hofbeck repeatedly struggled to stay on the beam while maneuvering a ball. This allowed the Yawa and Levu tribes to win, sending Soko to their first Tribal Council.

The challenge reappeared in David vs. Goliath where the tribes first had to climb up and over a hill obstacle. They would then pull down a ladder, and, using a rope, four of the five tribe members must hold a bridge up while the last member runs across the bridge and releases a lever that would hold the bridge up. The tribe must then run across the bridge and go down a fireman's pole, then untie a bag containing a ball. One member must then get on the balance beam and negotiate a maze in the shape of a snake. Vuku held the lead for most of the challenge and ultimately finished first, while Tiva narrowly edged out Jabeni, sending Jabeni to Tribal Council.

In Edge of Extinction, this challenge was incorporated as the final part of the Jail Break challenge where, much like in David vs. Goliath, castaways would need to navigate a ball up a vertical snake maze while standing on a balance beam.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Worlds Apart
"Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner"
Tribal Immunity S30 hali tS30 jenn tS30 joe tS30 will t
S30 carolyn tS30 joaquin t
S30 max tS30 shirin tS30 tyler t
Kaôh Rōng
"The Circle of Life"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S32 anna tS32 caleb tS32 julia t
S32 michele tS32 nick tS32 tai t
S32 alecia tS32 cydney tS32 jason tS32 scot t
To Tang
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
"The Past Will Eat You Alive"
Tribal Immunity S35 ben tS35 cole t
S35 jessica tS35 lauren tS35 mike t
S35 ashley tS35 desi tS35 devon tS35 joe t
David vs. Goliath
"Jackets and Eggs"
Tribal Immunity S37 alec tS37 carl t
S37 davie tS37 elizabeth tS37 kara t
S37 alison tS37 christian t
S37 dan tS37 gabby tS37 john t
Edge of Extinction
"There's Always a Twist"
Duel S38 rick t
Rick Devens



  • This challenge has only appeared in seasons where there are three tribes before the merge.
  • Aubry Bracco is the only person to compete in this challenge twice. She lost both times.
  • The name of this challenge references the Led Zeppelin song Houses of the Holy.


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