Survivor Wiki
Survivor Wiki

Ram-Ball On (also known as Reaching New Heights and Scramble On) is a recurring challenge in Survivor.


Castaways must race to balance a ball on the top of a pole while maneuvering through a series of obstacles. Along the way, they would add another section of the pole, making it harder to balance the ball as they make their way through the course. After they got past the balance beam, they would have to untie knots to get to a table, where they would place the ball on it to retrieve a key, then using the key to unlock a chest of sandbags and shoot the sandbags at a series of bamboo targets. The first castaway to finish wins.


United States[]

The challenge was first used in Blood vs. Water where Gervase Peterson beat out Monica Culpepper to win immunity. Gervase then chose Monica and Tyson Apostol to share the ice-cream reward at camp.

This challenge reappeared as a Reward Challenge in Game Changers. Only two members from each tribe (Brad Culpepper and Tai Trang for Mana, J.T. Thomas and Malcolm Freberg for Nuku, and Ozzy Lusth and Troyzan Robertson for Tavua) would compete in this challenge, with one traversing through the obstacle course, and the other throwing the beanbags. Nuku finished the challenge in first place. Despite Tavua holding a strong lead over Mana, Brad managed to quickly catch up to Troyzan on the beanbag throwing segment, earning second place for Mana.

The challenge reappeared in Survivor 46 as the final seven Immunity Challenge, where the Nuinui tribe also competed for a pizza reward. In this iteration of the challenge, after completing the obstacle course, each castaway had to use a long spoon to navigate two balls through a windy snake track, with the first person to land both balls winning the challenge. Faced with a steep learning curve, the castaways had great difficulty landing their second ball. At the eleventh hour, Venus Vafa dropped her ball, allowing Maria Shrime Gonzalez to take the lead and win her second Immunity Challenge.


In All Stars, this challenge was used as the second stage of the final eight Immunity Challenge. The first three people to place their ball in the gutter and have it land in a bucket will move on the final round. Brooke Jowett, David Genat, and Tarzan Herlaar made it to the final round, where they had to solve a jigsaw puzzle. Ultimately, it was David that was the overall winner of the challenge.

In Blood v Water, the challenge was used as the re-entry duel for the Purgatory inhabitants. Jordie Hansen and Shay Lajoie were the first two contestants to complete the challenge, leaving Michelle Chiang and KJ Austin to fight for the final re-entry spot. In the end, KJ was the first to land her ball in the finish, thus permanently eliminating Michelle from the game.

New Zealand[]


The challenge appeared at the final six of Survivor Québec (2023) as an individual Reward Challenge. Despite an early lead from Karine Lavigne-Fortin, the challenge was ultimately won by Jean-Junior Morin. He then chose Karine and Kimberly Fortin to share the reward.

South Africa[]

In Island of Secrets, the challenge was used as a tribal Immunity Challenge. Two pairs of tribe members would transfer a ball, relay-style, across a series of obstacles; once a ball had been retrieved, the next pair starts the relay. Once both balls were at the finish, the tribe would guide two blindfolded tribemates in rotating a labyrinth wheel with the objective of landing both balls in a basket under the maze. Sa'ula's decision to put Nathan Castle on the maze proved costly, as his injured hand prevented him from controlling the maze properly. In the end, Sa'ula flung their second ball out of the maze, opening the window for the new Ta'alo tribe to win their first Immunity Challenge.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
Blood vs. Water
"Rustle Feathers"
Individual Reward/Immunity S27 gervase t
Gervase Peterson
Game Changers
"The Tables Have Turned"
Tribal Reward S34 aubry tS34 jt tS34 jeff t
S34 malcolm tS34 michaela tS34 sandra t
S34 brad tS34 debbie t
S34 hali tS34 sierra tS34 tai t
Survivor 46
"My Messy, Sweet Little Friend"
Individual Reward/Immunity S46 maria t
Maria Shrime Gonzalez

Episode Challenge Type Winners
La Guerre des Chefs
Episode 1
Tribal Immunity FRS23 angelique tFRS23 aurelien tFRS23 beatrice t
FRS23 carinne tFRS23 nicolas tFRS23 sophie tFRS23 steeve t
FRS23 alexandre tFRS23 chloe tFRS23 cyril t
FRS23 emilie tFRS23 maud tFRS23 victor tFRS23 xavier t
Kama (Koh-Lanta)

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Episode 17
Individual Reward/Immunity NZS1 barb t
Barb Raos

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Survivor Québec (2023)
Episode 59
Individual Reward QCS1 jeanjunior t
Jean-Junior Morin

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Island of Secrets
"Putting My Foot in My Mouth"
Tribal Immunity ZAS7 cobus tZAS7 jacques tZAS7 laetitia t
ZAS7 mike tZAS7 rob tZAS7 seipei tZAS7 steffi t




Recurring Challenges
A Bit Dinghy · 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 · Cage Against the Machine · 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 · Dizzy Gillespie · Dizzy Miss Lizzy · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Drum Roll · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · EOC · Eve 6 · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Fire Starter · Flips, Flops, & Flags · 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 Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kenny Log-Ins · 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 · Mayan Pizza · 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 · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rock the Boat · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Rung O Star · 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 · Star Man · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Super Ramp · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Tangled Up · 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 · Total Recall · 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