Competitors must traverse a series of ropes (in a similar fashion to the Tarzan Rope) to reach the landing platform. The ropes operated differently, as:
- some ropes were attached to a bungee cord, which would move the ropes down when competitors applied their weight on the ropes,
- some ropes would slide on a track that if the ropes would go the end of the track, the momentum would swing the ropes and the competitors, and
- some ropes were only attached to the scaffolding, meaning those ropes were stationary.
Although no competitor failed on this obstacle, it was proven to be both a massive time waster and strength drainer, as every competitor who attempted the obstacle took at least 9 seconds to complete it (some of them even took more than 40 seconds to complete it). As the result, several competitors later failed on the next obstacles, either the Double Salmon Ladder (e.g. Lorin Ball, JJ Woods, and Isaac Caldiero) or Unstable Bridge (e.g. Paul Kasemir, Brian Arnold, and Noah Kaufman).
During USA vs. The World, the obstacle took out 2 members of Team Japan: Matachi Ryo and Kanno Hitoshi, with both of them getting hung up on the ropes and spending more than 50 seconds at the obstacle, resulting their grip gave out and fell into the water.
Other Season Appearances
American Ninja Warrior 7
Ninja Warrior UK
The Rope Jungle appeared as the first obstacle in the finals' Stage 2 on Ninja Warrior UK and Ninja Warrior UK 2. Although no competitor failed on the obstacle, just like on American Ninja Warrior, it was proven to be a massive time waster (combined with the tight time limit of the stage, requiring competitors to complete the obstacle without any mistake or getting hung up on the ropes).
The obstacle also became one of the reasons why no competitor completed Stage 2 on both seasons of Ninja Warrior UK, and was removed on the next season, followed by the redesign of Stage 2 (the redesign resulted 2 competitors completed Stage 2 for the first time in Ninja Warrior UK history).
Australian Ninja Warrior
On Australian Ninja Warrior, the Rope Jungle appeared as the first obstacle in Stage Two, and was called as the Jungle Ropes. However, the number of ropes was drastically reduced to just 4, making the gaps between the ropes were much larger.
Just like during the first two seasons of Ninja Warrior UK, the obstacle was proven to be a massive time waster (combined with the very tight time limit of the stage, requiring competitors to complete the obstacle without any mistake or getting hung up on the ropes). As the result, the obstacle eliminated 4 out 9 competitors who attempted it, and eventually, no competitor could complete the first five obstacles of Stage Two on that season.
Then, on Australian Ninja Warrior 3, the Rope Jungle returned as the first obstacle in Stage Two. This time, the obstacle featured 5 stationary ropes, each rope was connected to the scaffolding by a chain, making the rope easier to swing. Combined with the time limit was lenient enough to complete the stage, the obstacle didn't eliminate any competitor who attempted it.
This version would eventually return on Australian Ninja Warrior 4, once again as the first obstacle in Stage Two, but adding one more stationary rope at the end.
On Ninja Warrior Israel 2, the Rope Jungle appeared as the seventh obstacle in Stage One. In this season, the obstacle consisted of 4 ropes and 2 poles at end. Two competitors failed at this obstacle.
On SASUKE Vietnam 4, the Rope Jungle (called locally as Hãy Chọn Dây Đúng) appeared as second obstacle in Stage 2, replacing the Cross Bridge from the past three SASUKE Vietnam seasons. The obstacle eliminated 3 competitors: Lindsay Eskildsen (special competitor), K'Phong, and Võ Văn Quang Vinh.
Then, on SASUKE Vietnam 5, the Rope Jungle was moved as the fourth obstacle in Stage 1B, This time, the obstacle featured 7 ropes, with several changes about the ropes, compared with the previous season. This time, the obstacle became more difficult a bit, as competitors struggled when trying to reach the sixth rope, the stationary rope placed after the sliding rope. It eliminated 7 competitors, including 3 competitors who had completed this obstacle before on the previous season, Nguyễn Văn Thi, Kiều Văn Nghĩa and Mat Redho.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
|USA vs. The World||7||9||77.78%|
|USA vs. The World 2||9||9||100%|
- The local name of the Rope Jungle (Hãy Chọn Dây Đúng) on SASUKE Vietnam 4 was named after Hãy Chọn Giá Đúng, the Vietnamese version of American game show, The Price is Right. The show itself was broadcast on VTV3 every Saturday on 1:00 PM (13:00 in 24-hour format).