The Pole Grasper is an obstacle, firstly introduced on American Ninja Warrior 5 during Denver finals as the ninth obstacle, and then appeared again on American Ninja Warrior 6 during Dallas finals as the ninth obstacle.
Competitors must get across a series of hanging poles to the landing platform. During American Ninja Warrior 5's Denver finals, there were seven poles to get across. While during American Ninja Warrior 6's Dallas finals, the number of poles was reduced to six, with the bottom part of the poles was attached to the bottom of the water area.
Other Season Appearances
American Ninja Warrior 7
The Pole Grasper returned on American Ninja Warrior 7, as the fifth obstacle in Stage Three, replacing the Propeller Bar from the previous season, which was moved to the second obstacle in Stage One on that season.
However, the number of poles was reduced to five, with the fourth pole would drop down when competitors were on it (similar to the second and third poles for the Sidewinder R in SASUKE 32). Once on the fifth pole, they must make the transition to the next obstacle (the Hang Climb). Despite that, no competitor fell on this obstacle.
A variation of the Pole Grasper, called as the Pipe Dream appeared as the fifth obstacle in Stage Three on American Ninja Warrior 11, replacing both the Curved Body Prop as well as the Peg Cloud in favor of this obstacle from the past two seasons.
The difference was subtle from its variation, incorporating some ideas from the other obstacles. Competitors must grab a laché bar and swing to the wall, similar to the ones used on the Wall Drop, with a small platform on top. Then, they must transit to the poles, four in total, and make it across to another sets of poles which were thicker in size. Those poles looked similar to the Wind Chimes and would drop down when they put their weight on them (a very similar concept to the Sidewinder R). After going through those, competitors would then transit to the resting bar as a medium to the next obstacle (the Cane Lane.
Ninja Warrior UK
On Ninja Warrior UK 3, the Pole Grasper appeared as the eighth obstacle during the semi-finals, which was very similar to the one used during American Ninja Warrior 5's Denver finals, except the number of poles was increased to 10. This version of the Pole Grasper was proven to be easier, as only one competitor failed on this obstacle (likely due to the placement of the poles, as most of the competitors who completed the obstacle skipped several poles altogether).
Then, on Ninja Warrior UK 4, the Pole Grasper appeared as the fifth obstacle during the finals' Stage 1. This time, the number of poles was decreased to 9. Similar to its appearance on the previous season, only one competitor failed on this obstacle.
Australian Ninja Warrior
On Australian Ninja Warrior, the Pole Grasper appeared as the eighth obstacle during the semifinals, which was very similar to the one used during American Ninja Warrior 5's Denver finals, except the number of poles was increased to eight.
Then, on Australian Ninja Warrior 2, the Pole Grasper appeared as the first obstacle in Stage Two. This time, the number of poles was decreased to six and the first pole was attached to a zip-line, requiring the competitors to grab and slide the first pole to reach the other poles.
The Pole Grasper appeared from SASUKE Vietnam 3 to SASUKE Vietnam 5, as an obstacle in Stage 3, which was very similar to the Pole Grasper from American Ninja Warrior 7, except there were only four poles instead of five, and after reaching the fourth pole, competitors must make the transition to the Hang Climbing. Both the Pole Grasper and Hang Climbing were combined and counted as one obstacle, called as the Pole Grasper to Hang Climbing (or simply called as the Hang Climbing (Vách Nghiêng)). Just like on American Ninja Warrior 7, no competitor fell on the obstacle.
SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia
On SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia 2017, the Pole Grasper appeared twice during the season.
- Firstly, as the first obstacle during Semifinal Stage 1, which was very similar to the Pole Grasper from American Ninja Warrior 7, except there were only 4 poles instead of 5. However, during SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia: International Competition, the number of poles was reduced again from 4 to 3.
- Secondly, as the third obstacle during Final Stage, which was very similar to the Pole Grasper from American Ninja Warrior 6, except there were only 4 poles once again.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
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