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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 t.pngS19 dave t.pngS19 erik t.png
S19 john t.pngS19 kelly t.pngS19 laura t.pngS19 monica t.png
S19 russells t.pngS19 shambo t.pngS19 yasmin t.png
"Survivor MacGyver"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S31 andrew t.pngS31 ciera t.pngS31 jeremy t.png
S31 joe t.pngS31 kass t.pngS31 keith t.pngS31 kimmi t.png
S31 monica t.pngS31 stephen t.pngS31 tasha t.png
Edge of Extinction
"I Need a Dance Partner"
Tribal Immunity S38 aurora t.pngS38 joe t.png
S38 julia t.pngS38 julie t.pngS38 ron t.png
S38 aubry t.pngS38 eric t.png
S38 gavin t.pngS38 victoria t.pngS38 wendy t.png



  • 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.


Recurring Challenges
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 · 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