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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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If it Ain't Broke - Gear that Goes On and On

In these days of growing environmental concern and shrinking budgets, we can't all be constantly buying brand gear. There's a lot to be said for making do with the stuff we already own. To celebrate our loyalty to much-loved and trusty bits of old kit, we've asked a few people to nominate a personal favourite or two.

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Latest Reviews

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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 ...

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.

360 Helmet from Wild Country

UKC Editor Jack Geldard takes the 360 helmet for a spin and - he likes it! "...this one doesn't look like a washing up bowl..."

Wild Country Helmets

Wild Country have come up with a radical new helmet design aimed at providing the cross-season climber with one do-it-all...

Wild Country Neon Screwgate, Astro Tech-wire and Nitro Tech-wire

Less is more and light is vital! Wasn't this the mantra of training guru Matt...

Wild Country Elite Mens Adjustable harness

Toby Archer dangles around in the Elite Mens Adjustable harness from Wild Country. He finds plenty of good points and a...

Wild Country Synchro Ultralite Ziplock Harness

Jon Griffith gets to grips with the Synchro Ultralite Ziplock Harness from Wild Country: "..it is actually a simple...

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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, crag clo...

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 filming all things shiny and new. Out of the mountain of kit on offer we've picked our top ten products of the show. It's just a...

The annual Outside Crag Clean Up is back!

Have you ever walked around the Peak and itched to pick up those random chocolate wrappers - but you didn't have anywhere to stash them? After all, nobody wants soggy litter filling up the pockets of their rucksack.

UKC's Choice Picks for ShaFF

With ShAFF only a few days away, here's UKC's 'greatest hits' of what's on offer throughout the weekend.

OutDoor 2015 - What's New? Clothing Report

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest that is OutDoor Friedrichshafen. The new range of...

Wild Country & the Wideboyz at SHAFF

Wild Country is the proud sponsor of a number of movies at SHAFF 2014 including two world premieres as well as bringing along...

VOLUNTARY RECALL - Wild Country Rocks

For the safety of all of our customers Wild Country are issuing an immediate recall of certain batches of Wild Country...


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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.

Latest Job Ads

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Vacancy - Wild Country UK Sales Representative

Job Vacancy – Wild Country Sales Representative Wild Country is looking for a UK Sales Representative. The position will be mainly field based...

Job Vacancy - Wild Country / Salewa UK Sales Admin

Wild Country/Salewa is looking for a Sales Administrator to work at its UK headquarters based in the heart of the Peak District. Wild Country...

Salewa UK Brand Manager - Wanted

Following the recent acquisition of Wild Country by Salewa, and the introduction of the Salewa brand to the UK market, Salewa are looking for a UK Brand Manager.

Spring Job Opportunities

This month there are a number of positions available for people with an interest in the outdoors. These include climbing wall jobs in Bristol,...

Wild Country Management Accountant Wanted

Wild Country, one of the UK's leading climbing brands and manufacturer of safety critical climbing equipment is looking to...

Salewa UK Brand Manager - Wanted

Following the recent acquisition of Wild Country by Salewa, and the introduction of the Salewa brand to the UK market, the need to...

Wild Country Job Opportunity: Design Engineer

Wild Country is looking to recruit a Design Engineer to be based in...

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