The obstacle had exactly the same function as the Spider Climb, which was used as the tenth and final obstacle in every city finals course on American Ninja Warrior 5 and American Ninja Warrior 6. However, the chute for the Spider Trap had 3 sets of trapdoors at the 15, 25, and 35-foot marks, each weighed 100 pounds (50 pounds each on the left and right sides). Therefore, when the competitors reached the sets of trapdoors, they must push and open the sets of trapdoors up until the competitors reached the top of the chute and hit the buzzer to complete the course.
In its first season appearance, the obstacle was proven to be much like the Spider Climb from American Ninja Warrior 5 and American Ninja Warrior 6, as only a handful of competitors failed on the obstacle. In fact, the obstacle only took out 3 out of 31 competitors who attempted it: Spencer Clapp (during Los Angeles finals), Dan Polizzi (during Indianapolis finals), and James McGrath (during Philadelphia finals).
Other Season Appearance
American Ninja Warrior 11
On American Ninja Warrior 11, the Spider Trap returned as the tenth and final obstacle during city finals round. This time, the trapdoors were placed at the 10, 22.5, and 35-foot marks.
In total, the obstacle had taken out 3 competitors: Kenny Niemitalo, R.J. Roman, and Jody Freeman (all during Atlanta finals; likely due to the rainy weather during the taping, causing the walls to be slippery and hard to maintain the traction).
American Ninja Warrior 12
On American Ninja Warrior 12, the Spider Trap returned as the tenth and final obstacle during the semifinals and finals.
It also knocked out Jesse LaBreck during the second round of the Women’s Championship due to traction (though she had complete in twice before: ANW11 in Cincinnati and ANW12 in the Finals.) while on the flip side Meagan Martin became the fourth women to finish the whole course in the Women’s Championship for the first time in her career.
On Australian Ninja Warrior 3, the Spider Trap (called as the Chimney Sweep) appeared as the ninth and final obstacle in Stage One. However, the obstacle featured only one set of trapdoors placed at the top of the chute. Later, the obstacle appeared as the ninth and final obstacle during the first three rounds of qualifying on Australian Ninja Warrior: State of Origin.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
|ANW12||SF EP 1||5||6||83.33%|
|SF EP 2||6||7||85.71%|
|ANW13||SF EP 1||4||4||100%|