The Rolling Hill (ローリングヒル) is a brand new obstacle that was first introduced in SASUKE 31. Being the new obstacle of the first stage, it is the replacement of the Long Jump, which was only used for two tournaments.
The obstacle is a fusion of the Maruta Nobori (Barrel Climb) and the Maruta Kudari (Rapid Descent). The first part consists of five rotating logs (as the original Maruta Nobrori) angled upwards at 45°, making it extremely slippery to travers. The top of the logs do not roll however. The second part consists of five rotation logs the opposite of the first, (as the original Maruta Kudari) angled downwards at 45°. At the end of this obstacle, the competitor must make it from a platform, across a water pit, and to a landing pad.
- Note: The angle of the incline and decline are assumption. Its actual angle may varied due to not being mention during SASUKE 31.
The Rolling Hill returned for SASUKE 32 and was connected with the Quad Steps, thus becoming the second obstacle. A safety mat was placed between the Quad Steps and Rolling Hill to catch people that roll down the hill; however, it is off limits to touch when transitioning between the two obstacles.
A rule was implemented in its debut that competitors are not allowed to jump from the top of the obstacle to the landing pad. (as opposed to the original Maruta Kudari, where competitors could jump from the top of the obstacle) However in Ragivaru Anastase's case, he jumped from the top of the obstacle, but due to miscommunication, this was ignored and he cleared the First stage that tournament .
From SASUKE 31 to 32, the rotating logs and the top logs were colored white and brown respectively. In SASUKE 33, the color of the logs changed. For the rotating logs, it became a mixture of red and black, while in the top logs became red.
This obstacle was also used as the first obstacle in Red Stage (First Stage) on KUNOICHI 9, where there are no logs atop the obstacle.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found