The objective of the Jumping Spider was a hybrid of the Spider Walk and the Jump Hang. Competitors are given a long runway to gain speed so as to jump straight up to the walls from a mini trampoline. Once they find a grip on the Spider Walk portion, they would travel forwards until they reached the halfway point of the spider walk, where they would need to climb an ascending portion and then travel horizontally again to reach the end of the obstacle to drop down onto a landing mat. This proved to be one of the toughest First Stage obstacles, as all but one of the All-Stars have failed at least one version of it.
SASUKE 19 Version
By far the hardest version of the Jumping Spider. To make the obstacle harder for the competitors, the producers raised the walls and put them farther from the trampoline. In addition, the run up to the obstacle was severely shortened. In order to pass this obstacle, competitors needed great agility and had to hit the trampoline perfectly in order to gain enough distance and height to reach the walls. Because of the extreme difficulty, it was just a challenge trying to reach the walls, let alone sticking to them. This obstacle proved deadly for many, as it took 39 people to fail before Okuyama Yoshiyuki finally passed it.
SASUKE 20-24 Version
Because of SASUKE 19's extreme difficulty, the producers toned down the Jumping Spider in order to make it a little easier for the competitors to pass. To do this, they moved the walls vertically down so it was same height as the SASUKE 18 version but also the same distance away from the trampoline as the SASUKE 19 version. While more people are able to clear, the obstacle is still a very dangerous obstacle in the First Stage. Now, success comes more if the competitor can stay on the walls.
In SASUKE 21, Luci Romberg became the first female competitor to complete the obstacle, followed by Shimada Hiroyo in SASUKE 22, Komiya Rie in SASUKE 23, and Kadoi Satomi in SASUKE 27 (both Komiya Rie and Kadoi Satomi achieved kanzenseiha in KUNOICHI 8). However, all of these female competitors failed on the next obstacle: Half Pipe Attack.
SASUKE 26-27 Version
After Urushihara Yuuji's Kanzenseiha the obstacle was removed and replaced with the much easier Bridge Jump. It returned for SASUKE 26 along with the Half-Pipe Attack. This version of the obstacle was much higher relative to the trampoline than the post-SASUKE 19 version in Shin-SASUKE. It was also placed farther back from the trampoline almost to the SASUKE 19 length. This resulted in many failures of high-profile competitors including Tajima Naoya, Yamada Katsumi, Satō Hiromichi and Nagano Makoto.
American Ninja Warrior Appearances
This obstacle was also used as the fourth obstacle in qualifiers on American Ninja Warrior 1 and American Ninja Warrior 2 (both competition called this obstacle as the Spider Jump), with the distance between the trampoline and the wall was smaller, and the wall was arranged in a straight line which made it similar to KUNOICHI 9's Spider Walk. A modified version of this obstacle (named the Bouncing Spider) was used as the third obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 9 in Denver.
Later, it was used as the fourth obstacle in Stage One from American Ninja Warrior 4 until now, and proved to be deadly as usual (taking out some famous competitors, e.g. Jesse La Flair, James McGrath, Ryan Stratis, Flip Rodriguez, and Lance Pekus). On American Ninja Warrior 6, Meagan Martin became the first female competitor to complete the obstacle, followed by Jessie Graff on the next season. Unlike the four mentioned female competitors above, Meagan Martin could complete the Half Pipe Attack, before timed out on the Warped Wall.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
American Ninja Warrior
*: This only refers to the Qualifying course
^: This only refers to the Semi-Finals course