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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.

Rules[]

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.

History[]

United States[]

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 lunch onboard a river cruise.

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.

Australia[]

The challenge appeared in Brains v Brawn (2021) as the sixth tribal Immunity Challenge. Brawn used their brute strength to carve a significant lead in collecting their five keys, giving them a headstart on working on their jigsaw puzzle. Meanwhile, the Brains were undone by their inferior strength and their ill-advised decision to sit out resident puzzlemaker Wai Chim. The Brawn tribe pulled off their second consecutive Immunity Challenge win, sending Brains back to Tribal Council.

France[]

South Africa[]

In Champions, the challenge was used for tribal reward. Once each tribe retrieved their three crates, they would use a crowbar to open the crates use the puzzle pieces inside to piece together a portrait of the legendary pirate Ching Shih. As the puzzle was being solved, the rest of the tribe had to maintain tension on the winch to keep the puzzle upright. Utara was the first to piece together their puzzle, but they were wrong. Selatan capitalized on Utara's mistake to clinch their first tribal victory, winning fishing gear.

The challenge was played for reward and immunity in Return of the Outcasts. Tribe members had to race out into the water to retrieve five fish traps, each containing two balls; once all the balls had been collected, the tribe would toss them onto two overhead troughs. Masu struggled with understanding the mechanics of the winch, costing them valuable time as Yontau surged ahead. Despite Masu's best efforts, Yontau won their second straight challenge for immunity and a fishing kit, sending Masu back to Tribal Council.

Sweden[]

Winners[]

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Brains v Brawn (2021)
Episode 6
Tribal Immunity AUS8 chelsea tAUS8 daini tAUS8 dani t
AUS8 emmett tAUS8 flick tAUS8 gerald t
AUS8 kez tAUS8 shannon tAUS8 simon t
Brawn

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Fidji
Episode 1
Tribal Immunity FRS21 andre tFRS21 magalie tFRS21 marine t
FRS21 marta tFRS21 marvyn tFRS21 mel tFRS21 theotime t
FRS21 thomas tFRS21 tiffany tFRS21 tugdual t
Coravu
Le Totem Maudit
Episode 5
Tribal Immunity FRS28 ambre tFRS28 fouzi tFRS28 francois t
FRS28 geraldine tFRS28 jeancharles tFRS28 jeanphilippe t
FRS28 louana tFRS28 maxime tFRS28 pauline t
Cadlao

Episode Challenge Type Winner
Champions
Episode 3
Tribal Reward ZAS5 altaaf tZAS5 corne tZAS5 david t
ZAS5 gena tZAS5 graham tZAS5 marsha tZAS5 moyra t
ZAS5 philip tZAS5 shona tZAS5 zavion t
Selatan
Return of the Outcasts
"The Ghost of Your Past Game"
Tribal Immunity ZAS9 dino tZAS9 felix tZAS9 killarney t
ZAS9 phil tZAS9 pinty tZAS9 seamus tZAS9 shona t
ZAS9 tania tZAS9 tevin tZAS9 thoriso t
Yontau

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Robinson 2023
Episode 1
Tribal Reward SES23 alva tSES23 amandae tSES23 amandah t
SES23 caroline tSES23 christopher tSES23 christina t
SES23 dennisj tSES23 oskar tSES23 sophie t
South Team (Robinson 2023)

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

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

References[]

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
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