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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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Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting

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 makes them extra sensitive to the vagaries of camming devices - holdi...


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Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear

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...

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear
Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test the UKC team go through some of the best lightweight sport harnesses on offer.

WC New Friends montage  © Simon Verspeak
WC New Friends montage  © Simon Verspeak

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 year Simon Verspeak has thrashed them on a wide range of rock types. What's the verdict?

Sport QDs montage  © UKC Gear
Sport QDs montage  © UKC Gear

Sport Quickdraws

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

harness group test montage  © UKC Gear
harness group test montage  © UKC Gear

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...

Totem Cam vs. Dragon Cam Width  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
Totem Cam vs. Dragon Cam Width  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Camming Devices

Here we put all the top cams head to head in one massive review! Which cams have the largest range? Which are the lightest? Which...

Walking home after a cool evening's cragging: Dymamic Jacket, Balance Pant, Horizon Beanie  © Toby Archer
Walking home after a cool evening's cragging: Dymamic Jacket, Balance Pant, Horizon Beanie  © Toby Archer

Wild Country Clothing Range

Toby Archer tests a selection of pieces from Wild Country's 2015 clothing range. All designed for climbing and with some...


Latest News

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Zeros Matrimonio  © Wild Country

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

Friends   © Wild Country
Friends   © Wild Country

Wild Country Product Lifespan Update

Wild Country is soon changing the official product lifetime. The potential lifespan of metal products is unlimited; however, since the effective lifespan depends on multiple factors we recommend replacing these products after maximum ten years....

Wild Country virtual showroom  © Wild Country
Wild Country virtual showroom  © Wild Country

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 coming out for SS21 we are faced with the realisation that this year will be slightly different. No international trade shows or brand sales...

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...

Revo Rope  © Wild Country
Revo Rope  © Wild Country

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,...

Friends   © Wild Country
Friends   © Wild Country

Wild Country Friends, Technical Friends and Trigger Wire Repair Kit

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

WC Protection  © Wild Country
WC Protection  © Wild Country

Wild Country Passive Protection Range

Wild Country is one of the original creators of passive protections with its Classic Rocks. Continuing to innovate...


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Wild Country Zero Friends  © Wild Country

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.

Friends   © Wild Country
Friends   © Wild Country

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 since 1977. The latest iteration is the lightest and most versatile yet. In this competition Wild Country are giving you the...

Wild Country  © Wild Country
Wild Country  © Wild Country

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 neglect there's a distinct chance your wires will be in need of replacement. Thankfully Wild Country are here to help as we're...

Guess this Higgar Tor classic for a chance to win a Curbar Shell Jacket  © Wild Country
Guess this Higgar Tor classic for a chance to win a Curbar Shell Jacket  © Wild Country

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...

Parthian and Meshuga  © Wild Country
Parthian and Meshuga  © Wild Country

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...

Naomi Buys: Earl Buttress E2 5c  © Nadir Khan
Naomi Buys: Earl Buttress E2 5c  © Nadir Khan

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

The Rock with its curved sides is a Wild Country original and revolutionised how we...

Wild Country Friend Competition  © Wild Country
Wild Country Friend Competition  © Wild Country

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

'Have you got the bag of 'friends' Ray?' the name stuck...

Superlight Offfset Rocks   © Wild Country
Superlight Offfset Rocks   © Wild Country

Winners Win 1 of 6 Sets of Superlight Offset Rocks

Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall  © Tom Randall
Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall  © Tom Randall

Desert Island Climbs #2: Pete Whittaker & Tom Randall

Tanya and Emma show off their skills and the new training gear  © Wild Country
Tanya and Emma show off their skills and the new training gear  © Wild Country

Winner Win 1 of 2 sets of Wild Country Clothing

Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker show off their big crack...  © Wild Country
Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker show off their big crack...  © Wild Country

Winners Wideboyzski in Poland


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