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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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...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 eye.


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These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

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 ease of handling, gate action, weight, length and price.

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...

Wild Country SL Montage  © UKC Gear
Wild Country SL Montage  © UKC Gear

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...


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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, safe and more intuitive.

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 the best cams available since 1977. The latest iteration is the lightest and most versatile yet, whilst the Technical Friends 5 +...

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 with more versatile and lightweight protection options, the Wild Country passive protection range covers all manners of sizes and...

ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC
ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Climbing Hardware Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of...

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

Wild Country Parthian and Meshuga

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

Crack School at the Foundry  © Band of Birds
Crack School at the Foundry  © Band of Birds

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...

OutDoor 2018 Montage  © UKC
OutDoor 2018 Montage  © UKC

OutDoor 2017 - Mountain Clothing and Footwear

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


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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 chance to...

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

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

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

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

Tom demonstrates placing a larger friend  © Wild Country Collection
Tom demonstrates placing a larger friend  © Wild Country Collection

Part 5 - Gear Placement


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