Strung Out (also known as Push Your Luck, Pulled Up, and Basket Case) is a recurring challenge of Survivor.
Throughout the numerous variations of this challenge, the primary goal involves moving an object (a tiki segment in Vanuatu, puzzle pieces in Heroes vs. Villains, or buoys) through a rope and across a series of obstacles to a finish. At the end, each team or each individual castaway may have to perform a secondary task (e.g. a puzzle or landing buoys in a hoop) to complete the challenge.
The challenge debuted as a tribal Immunity Challenge in Vanuatu. From a platform in the water, each tribe member must transport a tiki segment to the shore, navigating the segments over and under a series of above- and below-water obstacles. Once on shore, the first tribe to reassemble their tiki correctly wins immunity. Ami Cusack and Chris Daugherty collapsed on the beach after completing their part. Rory Freeman gave Yasur a lead, however Leann Slaby had trouble underwater, allowing Lopevi to win immunity.
In Heroes vs. Villains, the Heroes dominated the challenge and won immunity. During the challenge, Colby Donaldson notably instructed Russell Hantz to claim the Heroes' Hidden Immunity Idol from J.T. Thomas after the challenge. During the victory celebrations, J.T. handed the idol to Russell.
In Philippines, the castaways raced to push a buoy along a rope in three rounds. The first round consisted of an obstacle on the beach. The second round involved pushing the buoy along a rope wrapped around a balance beam on the beach. The final round involved obstacles in the water including a boat and a platform and was contested by Carter Williams, Denise Stapley, and Michael Skupin. Carter, won the challenge in a very close finish over Michael, who got stuck at the final knot in his rope.
In Blood vs. Water, the castaways dove into the water and ride along a buoy. After making it back to shore, the castaways solved a puzzle of an eight-word Survivor phrase ("You are going to have to dig deep"). Ciera Eastin came from dead last during the swimming stage to solve the puzzle first, earning her individual immunity.
The challenge re-appeared as the second Immunity Challenge in Worlds Apart. Each castaway had to navigate a buoy from the starting platform, through a series of obstacles, to the finishing platform. Once they had reached the finishing platform the next tribe member could start. Once all five buoys reached the final platform the contestants had to shoot the buoys into a basket. The first two tribes to get five buoys in their tribe's basket would win immunity. Although the Nagarote tribe started off with an early lead, they were slowed down by Will Sims II's struggle to guide the buoy through an obstacle, which opened the doors for the Masaya and Escameca tribes to come back from behind and finish in first and second places respectively.
In Survivor 42, the challenge appeared as a team Reward Challenge under the Basket Case format that debuted in Worlds Apart. The blue team comprising Chanelle Howell, Jonathan Young, Mike Turner, Rocksroy Bailey, and Tori Meehan held a lead over the orange team, but Omar Zaheer quickly landed four buoys for his team. However, his fumble with the fifth buoy allowed Jonathan to catch up and score a streak of five buoys, winning reward for the blue team.
|Heroes vs. Villains
"Whiners Are Wieners"
|Blood vs. Water
"Out on a Limb"
"It Will Be My Revenge"
"You Better Be Wearing a Seatbelt"
Chanelle, Jonathan, Mike, Rocksroy, & Tori
- Every time this challenge was used as a tribal challenge, a red tribe with 6 members has competed in it.
- Each time this challenge was used as an individual challenge, the winners, Carter Williams and Ciera Eastin, were the highest placing member of their original tribes, Kalabaw and Tadhana respectively.