Keep It Up is a recurring endurance challenge. Originally appearing as a tribal challenge in Survivor: Gabon, it has been adapted into an individual challenge and later into a Redemption Island duel.


The castaways must balance two poles using the tops of their hands against an overhead board. If a castaway drops either of the poles at any point, they are out of the challenge. The last person standing will win.


The challenge was first introduced in Survivor: Gabon as the last tribal Immunity Challenge. In this challenge the castaways had to balance two poles using the tops of their hands against an overhead board. The last tribe to have a member still standing won. Matty Whitmore won the challenge for Fang, outlasting the last standing Kota member, Bob Crowley.

The challenge was re-used three seasons later in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains as the final six Immunity Challenge. Parvati Shallow won the challenge, outlasting fellow finalist Rupert Boneham.

In Survivor: South Pacific, the challenge became the first post-merge duel. Jim Rice dropped out of the challenge first, followed later by Keith Tollefson, meaning Ozzy Lusth won the challenge.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Apple in the Garden of Eden"
Tribal Immunity S17 charlie tS17 corinne t
S17 matty tS17 randy tS17 sugar t
Heroes vs. Villains
"Loose Lips Sink Ships"
Individual Immunity S20 parvati t
Parvati Shallow
South Pacific
"Running the Show"
Duel S23 ozzy t
Ozzy Lusth



  • Of the seven contestants to win this challenge, five have appeared in multiple seasons.
    • Furthermore, every woman who has won this challenge has appeared in multiple seasons.
  • This challenge has been used in increments of three seasons. Starting with season 17 (Gabon), then season 20 (Heroes vs. Villains), and season 23 (South Pacific).
  • Both castaways who won the challenge individually were competing on their third season of Survivor, having previously appeared in Survivor: Cook Islands and Survivor: Micronesia.