Climbing changed forever when we launched the first ever commercially available camming device, the Friend.
After 4 years of development, Ray Jardine and Mark Vallance took the plunge and started producing their radical new device. From the Peak District to Yosemite new lines are opened and the next phase of free climbing begins across the globe.
In 1979 we introduced bartacking to sewn goods for the first time. Our quality driven manufacturing inspired by Pat Littlejon, Jerry Moffat and Stefan Glowacz see our items become bestsellers. Then, in 1996, we were the first company to 3 Sigma rate our sewn goods.
Both of these events were big steps forward, providing reliability and security to previously difficult and unreliable processes.
This simple but effective innovation in climbing nuts made a big difference to climbing. Mark Vallance's curve sided Rocks were an instant success, giving a bite that was previously unheard of.
Still around today - and still a ‘go to’ piece - Rocks are available in variety of incarnations including the new Superlight Offset Rock, which launched in 2015.
The addition of a flexible stem gave the Friend it a new lease of life, making it one to the most revered protection device available.
The flexible Friend gave us the ability to make smaller units and the new 0 and 00 Friends - a valuable addition to every free-climbers rack.
A true original and a bestseller unto this day, the Ropeman 1 took the market by storm on its release in 1995.
Its diminutive size and ability to perform in the harshest environments made it an instant hit with the mountaineering crew. Followed by the Ropeman 2 which extended the range of ropes used; these are great mountain tools.
The Hexentric – an old faithful but old fashioned piece of gear – gets the Vallance treatment and is reborn as the Rockcentric in 1997.
With its smooth, curvaceous and highly adaptable form, this clever re-imagining of a classic piece created another best-seller and a mountaineering staple.
The lightest, strongest full size karabiner in the world; using computer aided design this new wire gate karabiner was launched to the world.
Featuring a patented clean-nose and weighing only 33gms, it is still one of the best karabiners available it regularly receives 5 star reviews from climbers across the globe.
The incredible Superlight Rocks are launched to great reviews. Their radical single wire design means they fit where other things don't and they are soon on the racks of all serious trad climbers. Keeping the Rock's proven ability to seat better than anything else they are a cult classic.
Completing the sport climber's collection, the Proton's deep curved, hot-forged gate and synchronicity with our variable width tape makes them the perfect draw. Strong, secure and perhaps the fastest clipping draw on the planet they're another example of Wild Country upping the ante.