The Floating Stairs is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the eighth obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 5 during Denver finals.
It consisted of 13 steps, and was divided into 3 sections. The first section was angled upward with three steps, the second section was angled downward with six steps, and the third section was angled upward with four steps.
Competitors must move across the steps, with a similar fashion to the Devil Steps, but instead of grabbing on one side of the steps, competitors must grab on the left and right side of the steps.
During Denver finals, the obstacle had taken out several top competitors (e.g. Lorin Ball, Jake Smith, Josh Grant, Chris Romrell, Camilo Brokaw, and Caleb Graham). Only 9 out of 28 competitors who attempted the obstacle, could complete it.
Other Season Appearances
American Ninja Warrior 6
The Floating Stairs returned on American Ninja Warrior 6, as the ninth obstacle during Miami finals, meaning there was a resting platform between the previous obstacle (the Minefield) and the obstacle itself. Once again, the obstacle consisted of 13 steps, and was divided into 3 sections. However, the number of steps in each section was modified, with the first section was angled upward with five steps, the second section was angled downward with four steps, and the third section was angled upward with four steps.
Australian Ninja Warrior
On Australian Ninja Warrior 2, the Floating Stairs appeared as the fifth obstacle in Semifinal 4. However, compared to the one used on American Ninja Warrior, the obstacle featured:
- Only 2 sections, each with 8 steps. The first section was angled downward, while the second section was angled upward.
- A slanted pole at the start of the obstacle, as a medium to reach the first step of the first section.
Then, on Australian Ninja Warrior 3, the Floating Stairs appeared as the fourth obstacle in Semifinal 1. This time, the slanted pole was removed, the pattern was flipped to up and down, and the gap between 2 boards was widened.
Ninja Warrior Poland
In Ninja Warrior Poland 2 the obstacle appeared in Heat 1 and Heat 4 as the fifth obstacle. It consisted of three sections. The first section was 1.5 meters long, the second was 3 meters long and the third was 2 meters long.
A variation of Floating Stairs, named Hanging Staircase, appeared as the fifth obstacle during the playoffs of American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs Ninja. This version featured 2 boards, each one consisted of 8 steps, made up an up-down pattern. However, placing between 2 boards was a series of horizontal monkey bars which would swing once competitors traversed through them, similar to the Swing Ladder. Only the first board had 2 paths for 2 competitors, while both the ladder part and the second board had only path for both 2 competitors to race.
Ninja Warrior Poland
In Ninja Warrior Poland 3, the Hanging Staircase, renamed as Hanging Ladder, appeared as the fifth obstacle in Heat 1 and Heat 4. Compared to the appearance in American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs Ninja:
- Only one path was presented through all three parts, since there was no face-to-face competition format existed there.
- The number of steps were reduced, 4 steps in the first board and 6 steps in the second board.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found