House of the Holey (also known as 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 David vs. Goliath, Edge of Extinction, and Winners at War.
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 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. Ultimately, Rick Devens was the first to complete the maze after a back-and-forth challenge, winning his way back into the game.
Reappearing in Winners at War, the challenge was identical to the Edge of Extinction counterpart, once again being merged with Jail Break. A close race eventually narrowed down to Rob Mariano and Tyson Apostol on the maze section, with Tyson just barely edging out the competition to sink his ball, earning himself a spot back in the game.
"Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner"
|David vs. Goliath
"Jackets and Eggs"
|Edge of Extinction
"There's Always a Twist"
|Winners at War
"This Is Where the Battle Begins"
- This challenge has only appeared in seasons where there are three tribes before the merge.
- The name of this challenge references the Led Zeppelin song Houses of the Holy.
- The holey wall section of the challenge also appeared as the final section of Rice Race in Kaôh Rōng and Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.