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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.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Worlds Apart
"Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner"
Tribal Immunity S30 hali t.pngS30 jenn t.pngS30 joe t.pngS30 will t.png
S30 carolyn t.pngS30 joaquin t.png
S30 max t.pngS30 shirin t.pngS30 tyler t.png
David vs. Goliath
"Jackets and Eggs"
Tribal Immunity S37 alec t.pngS37 carl t.png
S37 davie t.pngS37 elizabeth t.pngS37 kara t.png
S37 alison t.pngS37 christian t.png
S37 dan t.pngS37 gabby t.pngS37 john t.png
Edge of Extinction
"There's Always a Twist"
Duel S38 rick t.png
Rick Devens
Winners at War
"This Is Where the Battle Begins"
Duel S40 tyson t.png
Tyson Apostol




Recurring Challenges
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 · 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 · 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