A scout leader from Hampshire who fractured his spine on a cross country assault course has won £167,514 damages.
Robert Wilson, 49, of Whitehill, fell on his bottom after sliding down a fireman's pole during a week's camp at the Clyne Farm Centre, near Swansea.
He suffered injury to his first lumbar vertebra which needed surgical fixing and left him in a spinal brace for six months.
The discomfort affected his work as a taxi driver and made it difficult to help his disabled wife.
Mrs Justice Swift allowed Mr Wilson's claim against chartered structural engineer Geoff Haden, trading as Clyne Farm Centre, who denied liability.
She added that a course instructor should have given proper instruction on how to use the pole.