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Wild Country came about as the brainchild of a UK based climber Mark Vallance and was set up to manufacture what was to become the most famous piece of rock climbing gear of all time, the Friend.

Friends were the brainchild of US climber Ray Jardine who Mark had met in the USA a few years earlier. Then when Ray couldn’t find a partner in the US to develop and produce his revolutionary new unit Mark and he joined forces and Wild Country was born. Founded in 1977, at a tiny factory in a village in the heart of the UK's Peak district, Wild Country went from strength to strength on the back of this revolutionary tool and became a name synonymous with hard climbing everywhere.


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Men's Climbing Trousers

Climbing trousers - everyone wears them, but they're often a bit of an after-thought: do you turn up to the crag or the wall in your dirtiest jeans, or brightest Euro-wad pantaloons? In this test we compare 15 pairs of climbing-oriented strides from leading brands, to offer a wide view of what's available and what works best.

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Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Wild Country Mosquito Harness

The Mosquito is the lightest harness that Wild Country has ever made. It's designed to be a super minimal sport climbing harness - so how does it perform in the climbing wall, at the crag, and on routes? Theo Moore finds out.

Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise unprotectable sections of rock can make the difference between arriving at the top of your route... or at the bottom. However their tiny size...

OutDoor 2019 - Best in Show

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. Over three long days we saw a lot (and we mean a lot) of gear - and as ever, among the many new products shown to us by attending brands a few particularly caught our eye.

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test...

Wild Country - New Friends

Released in 2016, Wild Country's New Friends are the result of several decades of refinement on the iconic original. Over the last...

Sport Quickdraws

In this group review we test sport climbing quickdraws from all the leading manufacturers, comparing them for key characteristics such as...

All Round Harnesses

Since most climbers do a bit of everything, there's a lot to be said for a harness that does too. Over spring and summer 2016 the UKC test...

Latest News

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New Climbing Gear Autumn / Winter 2021

For the past couple of months, we've been finding out about all the shiny new gear that's hitting the shops this Autumn/Winter. We've taken a look at everything from the latest harnesses and helmets, to new rock shoes and cool cams. Tak...

New Climbing Gear Spring / Summer '21

Next up in our Spotlight gear round-ups is climbing gear. We've chatted with brands about the latest hardware, ropes, harnesses, helmets and every other form of gear. Plus, everything is hitting the shops imminently...

Wild Country Zero Friends

Introducing the new Zeros for solid holding power in small placements. The ultimate weapon for thin cracks, pockets or pin scars on cutting-edge climbs and extreme adventures

Wild Country Product Lifespan Update

Wild Country is soon changing the official product lifetime. The potential lifespan of metal products is...

Wild Country Product Preview - Spring / Summer 2021

As we approach the time of year where we are looking around to check out all the new gear...

Wild Country Zero Friends comprehensively reviewed at Outside

New in at Outside, check out the latest tiny cams from Wild Country; a refined piece of gear...

Wild Country Revo - The first bi-directional belay device with a backup

The first bi-directional belay device with a backup. The Revo makes belaying simple,...


Articles featuring this brand

Competition WINNER - Win a set of Wild Country Zero Offset Friends

Friends are the most iconic protection ever made. Wild Country is now introducing the new Offset Zeros – the ultimate weapon for wild climbing adventures and thin flared cracks. With among the narrowest head widths on the market and eff...

Competition WINNER - Win a Wild Country Mosquito Harness

Superlight, superfly –  the Mosquito is an extremely lightweight, minimalistic, high-end sport climbing harness that weighs just 220 grams. Here's your chance to win one...    

Competition WINNER - Win a Wild Country .1, .2 & .3 Zero Friend

Introducing the new Zeros for solid holding power in small placements. The ultimate weapon for thin cracks, pockets or pin scars on cutting-edge climbs and extreme adventures.

Competition WINNER - Win a set of Wild Country Friends

Wild Country, the original creator of the Friends, have continued to innovate and create the best cams available...

Competition WINNER - Win a Set of Wild Country Rocks of YOUR choosing

With two bank holidays under our belt the trad season is well underway; however, after a winter of...

Competition WINNER - Win a Wild Country Curbar Shell Jacket

Designed at the Wild Country base, deep in the heart of one of the UK's most famous climbing areas: the Peak...

Competition WINNER - Win a pair of Wild Country Parthian or Meshuga

These two models of climbing shoes are an unconventional solution to bring about performance, but...

Competition WINNER - Wild Country Rocks: A revolution and the core of any trad rack

Competition WINNER - Win a set of the New Wild Country Friends

Winners Win 1 of 6 Sets of Superlight Offset Rocks

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