Quest for Fire (also known as Bridging the Gap, Trail Blazer, and Outrigger Fire Quest) is a recurring challenge in Survivor that originated in Survivor: Borneo and has been reused in later seasons.


In most iterations of the challenge, tribes will have a vehicle fitted with a fire cauldron and two torches. The tribes will use the torches to light a series of torches or woks both on land and in the water. All members must have their hands on the raft at all times. The first tribe(s) to reach the finish win(s).

Variations per Season

Season Setting Vehicle Ridden Obstacles Present
Raft Chariot Canoe Dilapidated
Tower Army
The Australian Outback
All-Stars Ocean
Cambodia Ocean

In The Australian Outback, the tribes would first cross a dilapidated bridge and pull the raft across the river while keeping their torch lit. The first team to climb to the top of a 30-foot tower and ignite it with their torch wins immunity.

In Africa, as the season is filmed in a desert setting as opposed to a beach, a land variant of the challenge is made. The tribes use carts instead of rafts.

In Marquesas, the cauldron is on a separate platform.

In All-Stars, the tribes must start on a floating platform and unclip their raft first. They must then carry the raft while they light every fire wok they pass through, before they go under a bamboo crawl.

In Cambodia, after carrying the raft to the shore and light all the torches, one tribe member must open a gate similar to the Jail Break challenge and finally light the bonfire.


This challenge was used as the inaugural challenge of Borneo for tribal reward and immunity in the form of 50 waterproof matches. Tagi got an early lead, but lost it when Sonja Christopher was unable to keep up with her tribe, causing her to fall and be dragged, allowing Pagong to catch up and eventually win the challenge.

In The Australian Outback, Ogakor took a slight lead after the bridge and extended it on the river crossing after Rodger Bingham of Kucha got his leg caught in a rope. Once Kucha got to the third section, their raft overturned on their torch, putting it out and disqualifying them. Mitchell Olson lit the fire for Ogakor, giving them immunity.

In Africa, after Ethan Zohn and Frank Garrison lit the first fire towers for their tribes, Boran took a slight lead. Clarence Black and Silas Gaither both rushed to the mountaintop to light their second towers before pressing on. Both tribes struggled as players stumbled on both sides on their way to the beach where their third towers are. Shortly after Lex van den Berghe and Frank light their third and final towers, Diane Ogden collapsed to the ground. This sets Boran back and gives Samburu the lead. Although Boran tries to catch up, Samburu is first to cross the finish line and wins reward and immunity.

The was used in Marquesas where the tribes were even until Maraamu dropped their torch in the water, allowing Rotu to win immunity easily.

This challenge was used in All-Stars as the first challenge as well for immunity. Saboga struggled early on and was never able to recover. Chapera finished first, and Mogo Mogo finished shortly after in second.

The challenge re-appeared as the first tribal Immunity Challenge in Cambodia. Even though Ta Keo gained a lead when Keith Nale accidentally extinguished his tribe's flame, Bayon was able to catch up at the Jail Break portion of the challenge when Kelly Wiglesworth had trouble getting the key. Bayon pulled off a come from behind and ultimately won the challenge. During the challenge, Kelley Wentworth found Ta Keo's Hidden Immunity Idol.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"The Marooning"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S1 bb tS1 colleen tS1 gervase tS1 greg t
S1 gretchen tS1 jenna tS1 joel tS1 ramona t
The Australian Outback
Tribal Reward/Immunity S2 amber tS2 colby tS2 jerri tS2 keith t
S2 kel tS2 maralyn tS2 mitchell tS2 tina t
"Question of Trust"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S3 brandon tS3 carl tS3 frank tS3 kimp t
S3 linda tS3 lindsey tS3 silas tS3 teresa t
"Back to the Beach"
Tribal Immunity S4 gabriel tS4 john tS4 kathy tS4 neleh t
S4 paschal tS4 robert tS4 tammy tS4 zoe t
"They're Back!"
Tribal Immunity S8 alicia tS8 amber tS8 robc t
S8 robm tS8 susan tS8 tom t
S8 colby tS8 jennam tS8 kathy t
S8 lex tS8 richard tS8 shiiann t
Mogo Mogo
"Second Chance"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S31 andrew tS31 ciera tS31 jeremy t
S31 joe tS31 kass tS31 keith tS31 kimmi t
S31 monica tS31 stephen tS31 tasha t