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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.

Description

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
Bridge
Tower Army
Crawl
Locked
Gate
Borneo
"The Marooning"
Ocean
The Australian Outback
"Stranded"
River
Africa
"Question of Trust"
Desert
Marquesas
"Back to the Beach"
Ocean
All-Stars
"They're Back!"
Ocean
Cambodia
"Second Chance"
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.

History

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.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winner
Borneo
"The Marooning"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S1 bb t.pngS1 colleen t.pngS1 gervase t.pngS1 greg t.png
S1 gretchen t.pngS1 jenna t.pngS1 joel t.pngS1 ramona t.png
Pagong
The Australian Outback
"Stranded"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S2 amber t.pngS2 colby t.pngS2 jerri t.pngS2 keith t.png
S2 kel t.pngS2 maralyn t.pngS2 mitchell t.pngS2 tina t.png
Ogakor
Africa
"Question of Trust"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S3 brandon t.pngS3 carl t.pngS3 frank t.pngS3 kimp t.png
S3 linda t.pngS3 lindsey t.pngS3 silas t.pngS3 teresa t.png
Samburu
Marquesas
"Back to the Beach"
Tribal Immunity S4 gabriel t.pngS4 john t.pngS4 kathy t.pngS4 neleh t.png
S4 paschal t.pngS4 robert t.pngS4 tammy t.pngS4 zoe t.png
Rotu
All-Stars
"They're Back!"
Tribal Immunity S8 alicia t.pngS8 amber t.pngS8 robc t.png
S8 robm t.pngS8 susan t.pngS8 tom t.png
Chapera
S8 colby t.pngS8 jennam t.pngS8 kathy t.png
S8 lex t.pngS8 richard t.pngS8 shiiann t.png
Mogo Mogo
Cambodia
"Second Chance"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S31 andrew t.pngS31 ciera t.pngS31 jeremy t.png
S31 joe t.pngS31 kass t.pngS31 keith t.pngS31 kimmi t.png
S31 monica t.pngS31 stephen t.pngS31 tasha t.png
Bayon

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