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In the case of the earth, even though I can climb the ladder slower than the escape velocity, I'm aided in that climb by the forces holding the ladder together, which are communicated at faster than escape velocity.

Quote from: JP on 29/05/2014 14:15:06 In the case of the earth, even though I can climb the ladder slower than the escape velocity, I'm aided in that climb by the forces holding the ladder together, which are communicated at faster than escape velocity. Thanks for taking the time to think about it but, that information doesn't travel through the ladder at the speed of light; it travels at the speed of sound in timber.That's a lot less than the escape velocity from the Earth, so that can't be the explanation.

The point with passing a event horizon is that it is a singularity.