Step on Up (also known as Step Brothers) is a recurring physical challenge that debuted in Survivor: Thailand and was later used in Survivor: Redemption Island, Survivor: Cambodia, and Survivor: David vs. Goliath.


Survivors must race to obtain puzzle steps and assemble their staircase one step at a time. The first person to reach the top wins the challenge.


The challenge was first used in Survivor: Thailand. The contestants started out relatively even. Eventually Brian pulled away and gained the lead. He never gave up the lead and won the challenge by casually walking to the top of the tower.

The challenge returned in Survivor: Redemption Island, where Rob collapsed after winning. 

The challenge reappeared as the final six Immunity Challenge in Survivor: Cambodia. This version also included a three-dimensional slide puzzle which must be completed after the castaways completed the step ladder. Spencer consistently had a slight lead and was the first to complete the puzzle, winning immunity.

Returning in Survivor: David vs. Goliath as the final six Immunity Challenge, the challenge included a 63-piece puzzle which must be completed after the step ladder. Nick was one of the last contestants to complete their step ladder. However, he managed to pull off a comeback win to earn immunity, narrowly completing the puzzle over Kara, Angelina and Mike.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"The Tides Are Turning"
Individual Immunity S5 brian t
Brian Heidik
Redemption Island
"You Mangled My Nets"
Individual Immunity S22 rob t
Rob Mariano
"Lie, Cheat and Steal"
Individual Immunity S31 spencer t
Spencer Bledsoe
David vs. Goliath
"With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility"
Individual Reward/Immunity S37 nick t
Nick Wilson



  • This challenge has only been used as an individual Immunity Challenge.
  • Only men have won this challenge.
  • Every person to win this challenge made it to the Final Tribal Council of the season.
    • Spencer Bledsoe is the only person to win this challenge and not win the season.


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