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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.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Hog Tied"
Tribal Immunity S9 chad t.pngS9 chris t.pngS9 johnk t.png
S9 julie t.pngS9 lea t.pngS9 twila t.png
Heroes vs. Villains
"Survivor History"
Tribal Immunity S20 amanda t.pngS20 candice t.png
S20 colby t.pngS20 jt t.pngS20 rupert t.png
"Whiners Are Wieners"
Individual Immunity S25 carter t.png
Carter Williams
Blood vs. Water
"Out on a Limb"
Individual Reward/Immunity S27 ciera t.png
Ciera Eastin
Worlds Apart
"It Will Be My Revenge"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S30 carolyn t.pngS30 joaquin t.png
S30 max t.pngS30 shirin t.pngS30 tyler t.png
S30 dan t.pngS30 kelly t.pngS30 lindsey t.png
S30 mike t.pngS30 rodney t.pngS30 sierra t.png
Survivor 42
"You Better Be Wearing a Seatbelt"
Team Reward S42 chanelle t.pngS42 jonathan t.png
S42 mike t.pngS42 rocksroy t.pngS42 tori t.png
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.


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 · 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 Miss Lizzy · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · 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 Love · 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 · 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 · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Reinventing The Wheel · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · 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 · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · 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 · 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