Over-Extended (also known as With a 10 ft Pole, Ten Foot Pole, and Audio Slave) is a recurring challenge from Survivor.
Castaways must place a wooden statue on top of a pole. At regular intervals, they will add another section of pole, making it harder to balance. If the statue falls off, that person is eliminated. The last person with their statue on top of the pole wins.
The Millennials vs. Gen X, Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, and Winners at War variation of the challenge involved balancing the statue with a pole horizontally on a perch while balancing on a balance beam. At regular intervals, castaways would slide their hands further back on the pole and move back to a narrower portion of the balance beam instead of adding another section.
The Ghost Island and Edge of Extinction variant ditches the perch in favor of balancing the statue horizontally on the pole itself, with castaways moving to a narrower part of the balance beam at regular intervals. If the statue falls off or they fall off the balance beam, that person is eliminated.
This challenge was first used in Samoa as the Final Immunity Challenge, with castaways having to add another section of pole every two minutes. At the 12 minute mark, Mick Trimming's statue was the first to fall, quickly followed by Natalie White. Ultimately, Russell Hantz outlasted Brett Clouser and won immunity past the 14 minute mark.
In South Pacific, the challenge was used as the first Redemption Island duel between Christine Shields Markoski and Semhar Tadesse. After an unspecified amount of time, Semhar's totem fell off first, giving Christine the win and permanently eliminating Semhar from the game.
In Cambodia, the challenge was used as an Immunity Challenge, with the last male and last female standing each winning immunity. Castaways would have to add another section of pole every five minutes. After 25 minutes, Kelley Wentworth outlasted Tasha Fox to win the women's immunity, while Keith Nale won the men's immunity by outlasting Joe Anglim 1 hour and 20 minutes into the challenge after Joe fainted due to a severe drop in his blood sugar level.
In Millennials vs. Gen X, the challenge was used as an Immunity Challenge and modified so that castaways now had to balance a statue horizontally while standing on a balance beam. Castaways would have to move back to another section of the pole and balance beam every five minutes. After an unspecified amount of time, David Wright outlasted Zeke Smith to win immunity.
In Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, the challenge was again used as an Immunity Challenge using the variation introduced in Millennials vs. Gen X. Castaways would have to move back to another section of the pole and balance beam every ten minutes. After an unspecified amount of time, Cole Medders outlasted JP Hilsabeck to win immunity.
In Ghost Island, a new variation was introduced as the first individual Immunity Challenge, requiring castaways to hold a boom pole with a statue at the end above their head. Castaways would have to move back to another section of the pole and balance beam every five minutes. After over 20 minutes, Kellyn Bechtold outlasted Libby Vincek to win immunity.
In Edge of Extinction, the challenge was again used as the first individual Immunity Challenge using the variation from Ghost Island. Castaways would have to move back to another section of the pole and balance beam every ten minutes. After over 20 minutes, Julie Rosenberg outlasted Lauren O'Connell to win immunity.
In Winners at War, the challenge was once again used as an Immunity Challenge, using the variation introduced in Millennials vs. Gen X. After 32 minutes, Tony Vlachos outlasted Jeremy Collins to win his second consecutive immunity, along with two Fire Tokens.
"This Game Ain't Over"
"Reap What You Sow"
Christine Shields Markoski
"Tiny Little Shanks to the Heart"
|Millennials vs. Gen X
"Million Dollar Gamble"
|Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
"Playing with the Devil"
"Fear Keeps You Sharp"
|Edge of Extinction
"There's Always a Twist"
|Winners at War
"This Is Extortion"
- Ben Driebergen, David Wright, Jeremy Collins, Joe Anglim, and Kelley Wentworth have all competed in this challenge twice.
- David and Kelley each won once, while Ben, Jeremy, and Joe lost both times they competed.
- In Cambodia, the challenge was held in the same location as In the Barrel earlier in the season.
- The reason why there was separate immunity offered for men and women in Cambodia was the weight of the poles.
- The Audio Slave variation of the challenge used in Ghost Island and Edge of Extinction has its name derived from the band Audioslave and was inspired by the Survivor boom operator crew, who also got to test the challenge alongside the Dream Team.