How to get out of a black hole....? The event horizon is when the escape velocity equals the speed of light, right? Do you really need to reach a bodies escape velocity to into orbit, yes, however you don't need to reach the escape velocity to simply leave the suface. Saying the event horizon prevents everything from escaping says you must to exert all of the force you have in a single instant like a shell out of a canon. But is it not also true that you can also spread that force out? In normal cases this would take more energy, but I am thinking it would take less in a black hole, for it would be less then infinity since it doesn't need go at the speed of light. I do not know if it is possible for something to exert a constant pressure on something in a black hole but if it was, I would think it would be possible for something to escape a black hole without hawking radition. Would appreciate any feedback, positive or negative.