What-er Drag (also known as Hitching a Ride, Catch of the Day, and Hitch A Ride) is a recurring challenge in Survivor. It originated in Survivor: Micronesia.


Castaways must race across a floating bridge to the end of the course while pulling a rope being woven out by a wench. When they reach the end of the course, they would grab either a bag of puzzle strips or clip themselves onto a puzzle piece. The tribe will then pull that person back by cranking the winch (in Philippines the castaways did not use either a floating bridge or a winch). Once all the puzzle pieces are back, tribe members will solve the puzzle.


The challenge debuted in Micronesia as an Immunity Challenge where each tribe had to collect five bags before solving a square puzzle. Although Malakal managed to collect their bags first, Airai were the first to finish their puzzle to win immunity, sending Malakal to their third consecutive Tribal Council.

The challenge reappeared in South Pacific as a combined Reward/Immunity Challenge with each tribe retrieving five bags. The last two members of each tribe then used a grappling hook to get the bags to the top of a wall where they would solve a vertical mask puzzle. The tribes traded the lead throughout, but Upolu pulled ahead at the grappling hook stage to complete their puzzle first, sending Savaii to Tribal Council.

In Philippines, the challenge reappeared as a post-merge Reward Challenge with four members of each team clipping a rope to a fish basket before being pulled in. The last member would then have to dig for a key to unlock their puzzle. The yellow team of Denise Stapley, Jeff Kent, Jonathan Penner, Lisa Whelchel, and Malcolm Freberg zipped through their flag puzzle to win a river cruise lunch.

The challenge was again used in Ghost Island as an Immunity Challenge where each tribe had to collect three bags before solving a sliding puzzle. Naviti took the lead early on and finished their puzzle first to win immunity, sending Malolo back to Tribal Council.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Like a Wide-Eyed Kid in the Candy Store"
Tribal Immunity S16 alexis t.pngS16 eliza t.pngS16 james t.png
S16 jason t.pngS16 natalie t.pngS16 parvati t.png
South Pacific
"Reap What You Sow"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S23 albert t.pngS23 brandon t.pngS23 coach t.pngS23 edna t.png
S23 mikayla t.pngS23 rick t.pngS23 sophie t.pngS23 stacey t.png
"Dead Man Walking"
Team Reward S25 denise t.pngS25 jeff t.png
S25 jonathan t.pngS25 lisa t.pngS25 malcolm t.png
Denise, Jeff, Jonathan, Lisa, & Malcolm
Ghost Island
"A Diamond in the Rough"
Tribal Immunity S36 angela t.pngS36 chris t.pngS36 domenick t.pngS36 donathan t.png
S36 james t.pngS36 laurel t.pngS36 libby t.pngS36 wendell t.png



  • Ozzy Lusth is the only person to compete in this challenge twice. He lost both times.


Recurring Challenges

A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · 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 · 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 · 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 · 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 · 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

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