He'd found a secret passageway.
It had happened quite by accident. Trying to scamper off while his companions slept, Jones had walked into a tree, unable to see it in the darkness. He realized it was hollow when he fell through it, tumbling down into the hidden tunnel underneath.
Its declination was about as steep as the cliff face, but it was marginally safer. Indeed, after many awkward and painful falls, Jones found himself at the foot of the falls.
Climbing back up wasn't much easier, but he imagined that this discovery would probably make up for his earlier indiscretion.
I'm really glad to be back in the swing of things. I continue to have a ball with these fortunate heroes. My obstacle for their continued progress turned out to be a bit easier to solve than initially thought, but at least it was kind of challenging for Jones. We'll see if the rest of the party is as capable (read: most likely yes).
Either way, I hope you continue to enjoy this little yarn. It's getting towards the moment that initially inspired the telling of the tale. I'm especially excited for that. Should be good.