A MOUNTAIN guiding company from Sheffield has been cleared of responsibility after ‘fake’ climbing accidents in which a climber was injured were created for television.
Sheffield-based adventure firm Jagged Globe was sued by Natalie Harrison, aged 38, from Dorset, after she ‘pretended’ to fall twice while on expedition with famous explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Jagged Globe, based at Mowbray Street, Kelham Island, provided guides for Sir Ranulph’s expedition to Ecuador in October 2004.
London’s Court of Appeal heard Miss Harrison suffered head and neck injuries during ‘staged falls’ on the trip.
Sir Ranulph ‘wanted to secure some exciting footage for the cameraman’ and Miss Harrison volunteered for stunts - first ‘pretending’ to fall down a crevasse in a glacier, then later to fall again, this time during a climb.
Sir Ranulph ‘suggested’ she perform a fall because he ‘was not willing to perform it himself’, the court heard.
Miss Harrison sued Jagged Globe, claiming its guides should have stopped her.
Judge Simon Freeland last year found Jagged Globe liable. But now three Appeal Court judges have cleared the company of responsibility for the stunts - and handed Miss Harrison a £50,000 legal bill.
Lord Justice Pitchford said: “She volunteered freely and without compulsion. The activity in which Miss Harrison agreed to had been no part of the itinerary for the purposes of the contract.”
Jagged Globe boss Simon Lowe said later: “The question of why Sir Ranulph didn’t come forward and take responsibility is one for him.”