Needless to say, we didn't use the stick. We made a harness out of rope and attached it to the wire and cable loops behind me. When we got to this side, we saw the piece of wood I am holding, it had a grove worn in the¨"V" from the cable. I don't know how they used it, because you can only slide down halfway, to the middle of the river. You need to use your hands to pull you up to the other side. Maybe they had a rope attached to them and someone pulled them across? The wooden cable supports were not nailed or wired together, only tied using dried plant material. The cable was anchored well in the rock with a large metal stake, which we couldn't see from the side we started on. One of the Peruvian guys went first and checked it out, they are quite fearless. After he made it safely and reported back that the cable was anchored, I went across.