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American Ninja Warrior 11's Coconut Climb in Oklahoma City

The Coconut Climb is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the fifth obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 11 in Oklahoma City.

It consisted of 2 poles, designed to resemble a palm tree. Each has a ring attached to it and is divided into 2 angles. Competitors must grab the ring from the first pole and climb it up to reach the top. Then, they must generate enough swing and momentum to grab the second ring and slide it down the pole. Finally, they must grab the rope at the end to reach the landing platform.

During Oklahoma City qualifiers, the obstacle was proven to be very difficult, as it took out 18 competitors. The obstacle was known for being a major upper-body test, as competitors either struggled on the ascent, the transition, or the descent. Several notable competitors who went out on this obstacle were Maggi Thorne, Barclay Stockett, Madelynn McNeal, Karen Wiltin, Taylor Amann, Josh Norton, Tremayne Dortch, Chris Cambre, Damir Okanovic, Jacob Bowling, Elliott Jolivette, and Jonathan Horton, .

During Oklahoma City finals, to make the obstacle slightly easier, there were cleats placed at the the ascend part of the first pole. As a result, the obstacle only took out 4 competitors: Madelynn McNeal, Rick Hinnant, Josh Harris, and Matthew Day (who was disqualified at the end for grazing the water, rather than tumbling off). With the exception of Day, every competitor had failed on the obstacle before during Oklahoma City qualifiers.

Other Appearances

Ninja Warrior France

Ninja Warrior France 6's Coconut Climb

Modified Coconut Climb for female competitors

L'Accrobranche, Ninja Warrior France's official name for the Coconut Climb would appear as the third obstacle of Qualification 2 of Ninja Warrior France 6. It is paired with the The Dungeon as part of Route B of the Crossroads. Compared to the American version, the rules are more lenient as competitors are allowed to cling onto the second pole to make the dismount without the use of the ring. The obstacle would be slightly modified for female competitors, as there are rings attached in the poles, with one ring at the end of the first pole and two rings present on the second pole.

Competitors' Success Rates

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW11 (qualifiers) 17 35 48.57%
ANW11 (finals) 26 30 86.67%
Total 43 65 66.15%


Screenshot of the submission of the Coconut Climb for the Obstacle Design Challenge

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