Here is an escape and a capture from No Kidding album with further explanation Justin at 82 pounds is lifted up, bellies out and then becomes the anchor for his dad Scott, who is twice his weight. He is able to do it because he has established good geometry, although he might have benefited from being further back around another corner. Bends in the rope take enormous weight off. Scott could have been gentler going over the top too, bellying up helps reduce the force. It is best if Justin has the rope through his belay devise and with a fair bit of extra rope, as opposed to being tied in, say with a figure 8. This allows him to release rope, if the weight of his dad becomes too much. A safety value in a way While this escape was occurring, just up canyon we have Jenny doing a "last Person At Risk" downclimb into a capture. She initially starts down, but there is a gap between her lowest foot and the reach of her capturers. She would perhaps come in "too hot" to control safely. See below It would probably be OK, but if you do it a lot, better to be more conservative. The slight overhang at the bottom makes a big difference on what the capture people can accomplish easily. At this point, Jenny retreats back up, displaying flexibility and strength. We toss a rope up to her, that is attached to a pack. She places the pack in a groove up above and deploys the rope down the drop. This is called a "Pack Drag." You can wedge the pack enough to support an additional relief of 10-25 pounds or so, which allows for better control on descent. It kinda feels like reduced gravity a bit. The pack can't be too wedged in, or it won't be retrievable. After the pack is placed, we do a test of the pack pull. Steph, who took this series of pictures, takes the rope from the place she took the pictures and confirmed that the pack will pull down. Then Jenny places it again and starts down as before With the extra resistance from the pack and rope Jenny can ease down with better control and we can get her foot What happens next is critical. Jenny will square up directly above us and SURRENDER!. She does this by straightening her legs and molding her body to the rock, to create the maximum friction. If she fails to do this, especially BENT KNEES, she would exert MUCH more forces on us and we could easily drop her. The friction is what makes it work. THIS IS THE MOST FREQUENT ERROR! You have to trust your capturers. We move our hands up her from feet to calf, to knee to thigh. We do so, when practical, with locked wrists and elbows, increasing our strength significantly. As soon as is practical for Jenny, she uses our shoulders for enhanced balance of the whole pyramid. When the rock remains less than or vertical, it is easy to bring the person all the way to the ground. In this case it is slightly overhung near the bottom. The capture folks can wrap arms around the thigh, and place a shoulder there too and ease Jenny to the ground. When the overhang starts higher and is more pronounced, other capture techniques are called for. Nice pictures Steph. Then the pack is pulled down easily and its off to the pothole and it's escape.