Yank Your Hank (also known as Yank Yer Hank) is a recurring challenge in Survivor. First appearing in Survivor: Samoa, it later reappeared in Survivor: Cambodia and Survivor: Edge of Extinction.


Members from each tribe would race across a series of wooden A-frames carrying three coils of rope. At the end of the course, a few members would use the rope to pull a heavy wooden crate across a ramp and up to the finish platform. The remaining tribe members would then disassemble the crate and use the puzzle pieces to solve a puzzle. The first tribe to solve their puzzle would win.

Beginning in Cambodia, only two tribe members may work on the puzzle at a time, but they may switch out at any point with any member of the tribe


The challenge first appeared as the first Immunity Challenge of the Samoa. Six members of each tribe must race through the obstacle course, after which the last four members would take apart the crate and use the pieces to solve the puzzle. Galu took the early lead after Foa Foa had difficulty on the first A-frame and held onto it throughout the challenge, managing to spell out the phrase, "Without victory there is no survival" first to win immunity, sending Foa Foa to Tribal Council

The challenge later reappeared in Cambodia where all nine members of each tribe would now have to race through the obstacle course. However, the puzzle was changed to a vertical puzzle similar to the one from Buoy Oh Buoy, a challenge from Blood vs. Water. In a close race, Bayon narrowly defeated Ta Keo, sending Ta Keo back to Tribal Council.

In Edge of Extinction, the challenge reappeared as the first Immunity Challenge following the Tribe Expansion, with now only two A-frames to climb. The challenge was played in the rain, making climbing the A-frames more difficult for the tribes. In the end, Kama was the first tribe to solve the puzzle, followed by Manu, sending Lesu to Tribal Council.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"The Puppet Master"
Tribal Immunity S19 brett tS19 dave tS19 erik t
S19 john tS19 kelly tS19 laura tS19 monica t
S19 russells tS19 shambo tS19 yasmin t
"Survivor MacGyver"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S31 andrew tS31 ciera tS31 jeremy t
S31 joe tS31 kass tS31 keith tS31 kimmi t
S31 monica tS31 stephen tS31 tasha t
Edge of Extinction
"I Need a Dance Partner"
Tribal Immunity S38 aurora tS38 joe t
S38 julia tS38 julie tS38 ron t
S38 aubry tS38 eric t
S38 gavin tS38 victoria tS38 wendy t



  • Joe Anglim, Kelley Wentworth, and Monica Padilla have competed in this challenge twice.
    • Joe and Monica have won both times they competed, whereas Kelley has never won.
  • In all three seasons this challenge occurred, exactly ten castaways won the challenge.


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