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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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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?


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Latest Reviews

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Sport Quickdraws

In this group review we test sport climbing quickdraws from all the leading manufacturers, comparing them for key characteristics such as ease of handling, gate action, weight, length and price.

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 team has put ten all-round harnesses through their paces.

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 are the cheapest? And... which did we like the best? Find out in this UKC review...

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...

Wild Country Superlight Offset Rocks

Professional Mountain Guide and trad climbing legend Tim Neill tests out the new Wild Country Superlight Offset Rocks and he...

Focus Helmet from Wild Country

Things have come a long way from the battered old heavy plastic lid with which Heather Swift started her climbing career, as...

Nuts, Wires, Stoppers

Nuts, wires, stoppers, chocks, wedges, whatever you want to call them, have been around for a long time. In this review we take a look at...


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Wild Country Parthian and Meshuga

These two models of climbing shoes are an unconventional solution to bring about performance, but with the belief that precision does not necessarily rely on cramming your foot into very small climbing shoes. The innovative construction of the upper responds instantaneously when pressure is applied to the Michelin outsole. These two key elements of the shoe perform together in unison to compliment the biomechanics of the foot, redefining precision.

Wide Boyz Crack School in association with Wild Country tour dates announced

The Wide Boyz Crack School in association with Wild Country will tour a number of popular UK climbing walls this winter to introduce climbers of all abilities to crack climbing. The Crack School is a 90...

OutDoor 2017 - Mountain Clothing and Footwear

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest in Friedrichshafen that is OutDoor. Here are some video interviews with brand representatives, who talked us through the key features of their latest creations in mountain clothing,...

OutDoor 2017 - Climbing Gear and Rock Shoes

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest in Friedrichshafen that is OutDoor. Here are some video...

Entries for the Rab CWIF OPEN NOW

On the weekend of 18 & 19th March 2017 The Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) returns for its 11th year. Over...

OutDoor 2016 - What's New? Climbing Hardware Report

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest that is OutDoor Friedrichshafen. Here are some...

OutDoor 2016 - Our Top 10 Products

The annual orgy of gear and beer that is OutDoor Friedrichshafen is over for another year, and UKC & UKH were out in force...


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Competition
WINNERWin 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 District. The Curbar Jacket is inspired by bold leads and committing headpoints.

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Competition WINNERWin a pair of Wild Country Parthian or Meshuga

These two models of climbing shoes are an unconventional solution to bring about performance, but with the belief that precision does not necessarily rely on cramming your foot into very small climbing shoes. The innovative construction of the...

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Competition WINNERWild Country RocksA revolution and the core of any trad rack

The Rock with its curved sides is a Wild Country original and revolutionised how we protect routes. Here's your chance to win a full set.

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Competition WINNERWin a set of the New Wild Country Friends

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

Winners

Winners Win 1 of 6 Sets of Superlight Offset Rocks

Subtle, superlight and secure, Superlight Offset Rocks are the lightest passive pro per size in the world.

Desert Island Climbs #2Pete Whittaker & Tom Randall

In this new series of interviews, we whisk off some of Britain's best climbers to a lonely desert island (we...

Winner

Winner Win 1 of 2 sets of Wild Country Clothing

Wild Country has expanded their successful clothing collection to include a sharp new suite of dedicated training gear.

Winners Wideboyzski in Poland

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