Keep Off the Sand! achievement in The Orange Box

Keep Off the Sand!

Cross the antlion beach in chapter Sandtraps without touching the sand.

Keep Off the Sand!0
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How to unlock the Keep Off the Sand! achievement

  • AHeroBladeAHeroBlade361,382
    06 Nov 2009 06 Nov 2009 28 Oct 2014
    82 3 6
    This video shows you how to get this easily.

    (The video was priviously broken but it now works - Reported Content edit)

    Good luck !

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    Fob UpsetI think its glitched, i've tried 4 times now without anyone of the enemies attacking me or the sand sound appearing and it still give me the achievement.
    Posted by Fob Upset on 21 Oct 11 at 18:06
    CookedPickleThis the quality of video all walkthroughs should aspire to. Great guide with great tips, ones that got me the achievement on my first go. Cheers...
    Posted by CookedPickle on 16 Sep 12 at 14:26
    Ne0N PrimeWhat a fucking stupid achievement! Took me three tries.
    Posted by Ne0N Prime on 30 Dec 19 at 05:10
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  • florelsflorels94,103
    18 Apr 2010 19 Apr 2010 18 Aug 2010
    39 3 7
    If you use the video like x HeroBlade x said then you are quite safe, BUT sometimes it can happen that you step just slightly on the sand and no antlions will appear as an indicator but you won't get the achievement.

    It is much easier to tell if you touched the sand if you are elevated (other indicators are shaking controller or shaking screen), therefore you should use two bed frames that you can jump on. Save after each jump and then take the frame from behind you and place it in front of you.

    The two frames can be found here:

    1. In the first barn after having used the long plank to cross sand for the first time (Video around 2:50). Shoot it as close to the last rock with a house on it (see 2) with the gravity gun.
    2. Inside the last house on the last rock before entering the area with sand only (Video around 3:33).

    There are actually three you can use, one's way down on the beach from one of the cliffs, but you can drag it up with the Gravity Gun. Makes it a bit quicker on the end stretch. (Thanks Hurball)
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    AdolphMarxI don't understand! You have the best solution for this achievement yet the newest and simplest solution gets voted to the top!! What a backass community! (They obviously never tried using both beds as I did.)
    Posted by AdolphMarx on 13 Sep 10 at 18:49
    ajubatusFound this much easier using the bed frames. Got it first try with all three of them and then the plank to get up to the rocks at the end. I kept touching the sand without knowing before. Thanks!
    Posted by ajubatus on 06 Oct 11 at 09:51
    You would have thought at least one of the guides would specify what chapter the achievement can be obtained on.
    Posted on 12 Jul 14 at 11:05
  • Clever JakeClever Jake532,329
    10 Jul 2008 11 Sep 2008 11 Sep 2008
    36 4 2
    Save regularly! Use the Gravity Gun with planks of wood, palette’s etc to help you get from rock to rock, you should get the achievement before you drop down to fight the queen Antlion.

    If you touch the sand slightly and no antlions appear reload as you will not get the achievement.
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    Crimson DrifterI actually quite enjoyed this cheevo, made it challenging.
    Posted by Crimson Drifter on 04 Feb 09 at 10:22
    HoffmanTo add on to what you said about touching it slightly, if your screen shakes, or you feel vibration in your controller those are good indications that you touched the sand.
    Posted by Hoffman on 19 Nov 09 at 08:16
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