The Big Dipper is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the second obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 7 in Kansas City.
It consisted of a metal pipe on a track and rope ladder. Competitors held on to the pipe and slid down the track, and timed their release in order to grab the rope ladder and pulled themselves onto the mat. Some competitors who didn't time their release right, did not go far enough to reach the rope ladder.
This obstacle took out 42 competitors during Kansas City qualifiers, including several female competitors like Amy Pajcic, Laura Kisana, and Kirsti Pratt. During Kansas City finals, it took out Meagan Martin.
The Big Dipper made its second appearance on American Ninja Warrior 8 in Atlanta, once again as the second obstacle. Similar to the previous season, this obstacle took out many competitors, including Shaun Murray and most shockingly, JJ Woods.
As it wasn't difficult enough, this obstacle was modified during Atlanta finals, where the cargo net was removed, requiring competitors to fly across it without hesitation. The track was also made a foot longer. It took out a total of 4 out of 30 competitors, notably fan favorites like Kenneth Niemitalo and Caleb Watson.
Similar to The Wedge, the Big Dipper has a doubled variant and appeared as the third obstacle in Stage One on American Ninja Warrior 9, where it is known as the Double Dipper, replacing the Giant Log Grip from the previous season.
This iteration of Big Dipper worked similarly to its single set counterpart, but competitors will have to make a transition to a second bar at the end of the first one. Also, the first track and the bars are much longer.
The Double Dipper retained the difficulty of its original incarnation within the past two seasons, taking out multiple competitors like Lorin Ball, Maggi Thorne, Kacy Catanzaro, and Dan Yager. Some have failed it the traditional way, by not keeping the bar even, but some also failed the transition between bars as well. 18 competitors fell on this obstacle.
Even though this obstacle is a modified version of the Big Dipper, it was revealed that the Double Dipper was one of the obstacles that won the American Ninja Warrior: Obstacle Design Challenge, and was designed by Hannah W.