The Maruta Nobori (丸太登り), referred to as the Barrel Climb on Ninja Warrior, was the first ever obstacle in the SASUKE tournaments. In its first tournament, the obstacle was called as the Taki Nobori (滝登り), in which Ninja Warrior called as the Cataract Climb.
The obstacle consisted of five rotating logs (or drums in the first tournament), angled upward at 45°, making it extremely slippery to traverse.
This obstacle required a good foothold, as the logs would roll when the competitors tried to reach the top of the obstacle. The best way to complete the obstacle was to try and leap over the logs with two long jumps, as the more contact time with the logs, the more chance for the competitors to fail at the obstacle.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
- Note: According to a special before SASUKE 15, the obstacle was passed 587 times out of its 700 attempts. It is unknown what percentage passed/failed in any specific tournament.