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Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring challenge
Appearances: Panama

Vertigo is a recurring challenge on Survivor.  


In Survivor: Panama, contestants would stand on the top of a perch over the water. Upon starting the challenge, they would toss a bucket into the ocean and collect water which would then be poured into a bamboo chute, causing a flag to rise. The first person to grab their flag would win.

In Survivor: Micronesia, the initial format remains similar but the flag is now replaced with a key. After retrieving the key, contestants would then jump off their perch and swim to shore where they would use the key to unlock a box of ladder rungs. The rest of the challenge then played out using the rules of Great Escape Run. The first person to raise their flag would win.

In Survivor: Cagayan, after retrieving the key, contestants would then jump off their perch and swim to shore where they would use the key to unlock a series of puzzle pieces. The first person to solve their puzzle would win.


The challenge debuted in Survivor: Panama, where Terry Deitz won immunity in a close race.

The challenge was later used in Survivor: Micronesia as the final four Immunity Challenge. Although Natalie Bolton maintained a lead early, Amanda Kimmel eventually caught up and beat Natalie in assembling the ladder, granting Amanda a spot in the final three.

In Survivor: Cagayan, all three men finished the perch portion quickly and had a large amount of time to solve the puzzle. Kass McQuillen, on the other hand, took over 15 minutes to fill her chute. After one of the biggest comebacks in Survivor history, Kass beat the men to win immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Individual Immunity S12 terry t
Terry Deitz
Stir the Pot!
Individual Immunity S16 amanda t
Amanda Kimmel
It's Do or Die
Individual Immunity S28 kass c
Kass McQuillen



  • The challenge was called "Perch" in Survivor: Panama, which is the name of another challenge.
  • Cirie Fields is the only castaway to participate in the challenge twice. She lost the challenge both times.
  • Every person who won this challenge placed third in their original season and was on a black merged tribe in that season.
  • Both times the challenge was used in an all new players season, the winner was the oldest castaway remaining.
  • All winners of this challenge have returned for another season.


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