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The Rope Ladder (ロープラダー) has been the final First Stage obstacle which debuted on SASUKE 18, the tournament in which Shin-SASUKE era began.

Directly succeeding the Tarzan Rope, the obstacle is a cargo net that the competitors must climb up to reach a platform. The finish buzzer is located a few feet away from the platform.

G4 combines this obstacle with the Tarzan Rope, and collectively calls both of them as the Final Climb.

Due to the First Stage having a time limit, the obstacle is considered as a time waster, sapping time away for the competitors. This would cause many competitors to timed out on this obstacle.

It appeared for the last time in SASUKE 29, being replaced by the Lumberjack Climb in the following tournament.

KUNOICHI Version

This obstacle was also used in KUNOICHI 8, as the final obstacle of the First Stage, directly after the Ikadawatashi. However, it has another name known as the Shomouheki.

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

ANW1 Cargo Climb

American Ninja Warrior 1's Cargo Climb

ANW2 Cargo Net

American Ninja Warrior 2's Cargo Net

ANW3 Cargo Net

American Ninja Warrior 3's Cargo Net

ANW4 Cargo Climb

American Ninja Warrior 4's Cargo Climb

The Rope Ladder appeared as the ninth and final obstacle in semifinal from American Ninja Warrior 1 to American Ninja Warrior 3, and then in every region finals on American Ninja Warrior 4 (except in Northeast and Southeast regions, where the obstacle was placed as the tenth obstacle). On American Ninja Warrior 1 and American Ninja Warrior 4, the obstacle was called as the Cargo Climb, while on American Ninja Warrior 2 and American Ninja Warrior 3, the obstacle was called as the Cargo Net.

Since there was no time limit during semifinal/region finals, the obstacle served as both time and energy wasters, as competitors tried to complete the obstacle as fast as possible, due to the fact that only 15 competitors who completed the semifinal/region finals course (or made the furthest, in case of less than 15 competitors completed the course) in the fastest time would advance to the finals (American Ninja Warrior 1), Boot Camp finals (American Ninja Warrior 2 and American Ninja Warrior 3), or Las Vegas national finals (American Ninja Warrior 4).

On American Ninja Warrior 5, the obstacle was replaced by the Spider Climb, with the implementation of new rule that competitors who completed the city finals course would automatically advance to Las Vegas national finals.

Las Vegas National Finals

ANW4 Final Climb

American Ninja Warrior 4's Final Climb in Stage One

ANW6 Final Climb

American Ninja Warrior 6's Final Climb in Stage One

Later, the Rope Ladder appeared as the final obstacle in Stage One from American Ninja Warrior 4 to American Ninja Warrior 6. However, just like during G4's broadcast of Ninja Warrior, the obstacle was combined with the Tarzan Rope, and collectively called both of them as the Final Climb.

On American Ninja Warrior 7, the Tarzan Rope part of the Final Climb was replaced by an angled platform at the starting platform and three jumping bars, resulting the introduction of a new obstacle as the Triple Swing.

Then, from American Ninja Warrior 8 onward, the angled platform at the starting platform and three jumping bars from the Triple Swing were replaced by a trampoline at the starting platform and two sets of handles, resulting the introduction of a new obstacle as the Flying Squirrel.

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
18 6 9 66.68%
19 2 4 50%
20 3 7 42.88%
21 9 11 86.82%
22 6 11 48%
23 16 20 80%
24 12 13 92.4%
25 11 11 100%
26 10 14 76.92%
27 27 27 100%
28 5 6 83.33%
29 21 22 95.45%
Total 128 144 88.20%