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S28 press images ep5 0005Solana working on their stairway in Cagayan.
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring challenge
Appearances: Cook Islands

Styx (also known as Stairway to Heaven) is a recurring challenge of Survivor.


The tribes must place twelve poles of varying lengths into their holders to form a staircase, and then run up it. One at a time, three ride a zipline to a pontoon, grab a bag of puzzle pieces, and swim back, then all three climb a ladder back to the platform, where the final three solve the puzzle.


In Survivor: Cook Islands, Rarotonga won the challenge, sending Aitutaki to Tribal Council.

A variation of this challenge was used again in Survivor: Cagayan. Each tribe would build a staircase out of wooden poles, then climb it to reach a bamboo maze. Upon exiting the maze and sliding down a bamboo slide, one tribe member would maneuver a key through a rope obstacle, using the key to unlock a machete to release puzzle pieces. Two more tribe members would then solve a puzzle to reveal the solution to a combination lock. The first tribe to unlock their flag would win immunity. Despite quickly falling behind on the staircase portion, the Solana tribe came out victorious due to LJ McKanas and Woo Hwang's puzzle solving skills to win.

In Survivor: Cambodia, the challenge reappeared as a post-merge Reward Challenge. The team of Ciera Eastin, Joe Anglim, Spencer Bledsoe, Stephen Fishbach, and Tasha Fox won.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Cook Islands
"Why Aren't You Swimming?!"
Tribal Immunity S13 adam tS13 brad tS13 jenny t
S13 nate tS13 parvati tS13 rebecca t
"We Found Our Zombies"
Tribal Immunity S28 jefra cS28 lj c
S28 tony cS28 trish cS28 woo c
"Witches Coven"
Team Reward S31 ciera tS31 joe t
S31 spencer tS31 stephen tS31 tasha t
Ciera, Joe, Spencer, Stephen, & Tasha



  • When the challenge was used before the merge, it was the last challenge before the jury phase started.
  • Spencer Bledsoe and Tasha Fox are the only castaways to compete in this challenge twice.
    • They lost on their first attempt, though won on their second attempt.


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