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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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Latest Reviews

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

Jack Geldard guiding at Tremadog in poor weather  © Jack Geldard
Jack Geldard guiding at Tremadog in poor weather  © Jack Geldard

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..."

The Wild Country helmet  © Wild Country
The Wild Country helmet  © Wild Country

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 helmet "However, as with any radical new design we have to decide whether it is just another gimmick or something truly revolutionary." Hamish Dunn...

Neon Keylock Screwgate Karabiner in action  © Kevin Avery-UKC
Neon Keylock Screwgate Karabiner in action  © Kevin Avery-UKC

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...

The author using the Elite Adjustable on rock (Viking Line, HVS 5a, Reventeenvuori, Finland)...  © TobyA
The author using the Elite Adjustable on rock (Viking Line, HVS 5a, Reventeenvuori, Finland)...  © TobyA

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...

Elite Syncro Ultralite from Wild Country  © Jon Griffith
Elite Syncro Ultralite from Wild Country  © Jon Griffith

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...

Wild Country Elite Ultralite Harness  © UKC Gear
Wild Country Elite Ultralite Harness  © UKC Gear

Wild Country Elite Ultralite Harness

Lou Neill tests the super light-weight harness from Wild Country. Designed for when weight saving needs to be at a premium, this is...


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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 video interviews with brand representatives, who talked us through the key features of their latest creations in mountain clothing, crag clo...

Best of Fred 2016 montage  © UKC Gear
Best of Fred 2016 montage  © UKC Gear

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...

Outside Crag Clean Up 2016  © Outside
Outside Crag Clean Up 2016  © Outside

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.

SHAFF Montage Image  © ShAFF
SHAFF Montage Image  © ShAFF

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.

Jack OutDoor  © UKC Gear
Jack OutDoor  © UKC Gear

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  © Wild Country
Wild Country  © Wild Country

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...

Batches of Classic and Anodised Rocks are affected in this recall  © Wild Country
Batches of Classic and Anodised Rocks are affected in this recall  © Wild Country

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

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.


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