The prisoner puts the head of the axe through the opening and pushes on the handle with all his might. The object blocking the opening starts to move but then something unexpected happens. With a loud crack, the handle of the axe breaks in two causing the prisoner to loose his ballance and tumble off the ladder nearly missing the two of you below. Landing on his shoulder, he winches in pain as he rolls around on the ground. You ask him if he's alright but he's in too much pain to answer. Looks like if you do find a way out he'll have to be left behind. You're down to just the two of you to figure out a way to get out of here and catch the doctor. Is there another way to move the object? Has the doctor givin himself enough time to get away? How are you going to solve the problem of unblocking the exit?
Ah, you remembered that you had a crowbar and that would be the perfect tool for the job. Back up the ladder you climb and insert the crowbar into the small opening. Being careful not to also fall off the ladder, you push on the crowbar, moving the blockage until your hand hits the wall of the cave and can't go any further. You reposition the crowbar several times and move the blockage more each time. Finally, you move the object enough for the both of you to fit through. You were a little worried about the scraping noise that the object made while you were moving it but it didn't seem to gather anyones attention. It's probably safe to take a peek out of the hole to see if you can figure out where you are. Do you want to do that now or try something else?