With a long and distinguished history of producing the worlds finest climbing gear, it's difficult to produce a definitive list. But, here's an an overview of our story and a shortlist of some of the great gear we've made over the years.
1971: Ray Jardine begins the design process that would eventually produce the worlds first camming device, the Friend.
1972: Ray Jardine and Mark Valance meet at the Colorado Outward Bound School as fellow instructors.
1973: Ray creates the first working prototype Friend.
1974: Ray attempts to climb The Nose in a day with the first rack of prototype Friends.
1975: Ray Jardine introduces Mark Vallance to his prototype cams and the name Friend is coined.
1976: Ray attempts to get Friends off the ground in the USA, but fails to get a backer.
1977: Mark Vallance starts Wild Country and Ray Jardine comes to the UK to start up Friend production.
1978: Production of Friends begins in Tideswell, in the Peak District, Derbyshire.
1979: Wild Country begins harness production in the Peak District and becomes the first manufacturer to use bar tacking.
"1987: In collaboration with Stefan Glowacz Wild Country produces the Glowacz Harness. We also won the prestigious Queens Award for Export."
1980: In collaboration with world renowned mountaineer Pat Littlejohn, Wild Country launches the Littlejohn harness - soon to become Britain's most successful harness.
1981: Mark Vallance launches Wild Country Rocks which were to become the first curved nut and the most most copied chock in the world and still remains the definitive design to the present day.
1982: Wild Country teams up with Wintergear tents.
1983: The Boreal ‘Fire’ the first proper ‘sticky’ rock shoe is distributed in UK by Wild Country.
1984: Wild Country buys Winter Gear Tents & tent production begins in the Peak District.
1985: Wild Country USA formed with its base in New Hampshire.
1986: A busy year for Wild Country. We acquired Clog - a classic British brand renowned to this day for its hardwearing gear. In collaboration with Jerry Moffat, Wild Country produces the Moffat Harness and in the same year designs the definitive mountain geodesic tent, the Quasar. Wild Country Rucsac production begins too.
1987: In collaboration with Stefan Glowacz Wild Country produces the Glowacz Harness. We also won the prestigious Queens Award for Export.
1988: Wild Country launches the first flexible stem Technical Friends. The Simond ‘Chacal’, the first Banana pick ice tool is distributed in the UK by Wild Country.
1989: Wild Country introduces aircraft technology to its production by developing Rotary Swaging for its flexible stem Friends. We launch Stones, a radical new small crack protection.
1990: Wild Country launches the worlds first taped Gore-Tex mountain mitt.
1991: Wild Country launches its Extremities range with the first taped Gore-Tex winter mountain mitts and gloves.
1992: Wild Country launches Super Rocks a radical new take on the original Rock design.
1993: Wild Country sells its tent business to the newly formed Terra Nova company.
1994: Wild Country launches a radical new range of rope control tools, the VC, SRC, Hand & Raptor. We launch the first ever ‘Diecut Foam Laminate’ harnesses.
1995: Wild Country launches what is at the time the worlds smallest ascender the Ropeman MK1.
1996: Wild Country is the first climbing equipment company to introduce 3 Sigma rating to all its sewn products.
1997: Wild Country launches Rockcentrics, a new hybrid chock combining the best of original Hexentrics with Mark Vallance’s groundbreaking Rock curve design. Strung on 12mm dyneema these become Wild Country’s biggest selling piece of pro for many years…
1998: Wild Country gets totally wired with the introduction of the Wild Wire the definitive wire gate karabiner and trhe first ‘mass-market’ wiregate biner. We go large with the humungous Technical Friends 5 & 6, fitting cracks up to 7.5inches.
1999: Wild Country launches Offset Friends designed to fits radical flared and tapered cracks. The Ropeman MK2 adds more range and and durability to the smallest ascender in the world. We introduce a new benchmark in Dyneema webbing technology 12mm Dyneema, which is narrower and lighter than anything else on the market.
The Millenium to Today
2000: Wild Country starts to distribute the radical new rock shoe company Red Chili.
2001: Wild County buys part of the Red Chili brand and relaunches it with radical new shoes, the Dos Equis and Habanero.
2002: Wild Country launches the smallest camming device in the world with the introduction of Zero Cams. The Zero 1 fitting cracks down to an incredible of cracks 5.5mm.
2003: Wild Country launches the radical Helium Karabiner - the lightest strongest full size karabiner in the world, using computer aided design this radical new wire gate karabiner features a patented clean nose and weighs only 33gms. We leap ahead of the competition with the all new Ziplock buckle and two radical new ranges of harness, the Helix and Matrix ranges. Wild Country does it again and sets new standards in webbing technology with 10mm Dyneema.
2004: Wild Country Rocks are updated to become Anodised Rocks; lighter and with new bigger sizes they are colour coded for easy identification. Not content with updating Rocks, a new range of mono cabled Superlight Rocks sets new standards in weight saving and placement possibilities. The Matrix harness range is also expanded with the Matrix Lite and Matrix Supalite harnesses.
2005: Wild Country launches the Xenon a lightweight full size wiregate biner; a ‘no-hook’ nose locking biner the Oxygen; and a brilliant new belay device the VC Pro.
2006: Big Rocks and Superlight Rocks complete the Passive Pro collections for any trad climber.
2007: Zeros get a makeover with longer stems, Mini Rocks arrive as do the VC Pro belay device and the Blaze and Oxyegen karabiners.
2008: More new harnesses and some great new biners. Superlight and Keylock are the 'buzzwords' in 2008.
2009: Wild Country launches its helmet range with the prize winning and revolutionary Alpine Shield helmets as well as the burly and 360. Boulder mats are launched too.
2010: The Rock Lite helmet follows the Alpine Shield as well as new 'Keylock' screwgates and a revised range of Vision and Elite harnesses.
2011: Wild Country launches Helium Friends, the definitive version of the Friend for the next generation...
2012: Wild Country show the Pro Guide belay device and new forged Ropeman 1 and 2 as well as the superb Helios and Helix lockers.
2013: An all new range of harnesses is launched, from the Summit to the Boost, featuring Wild Country's 'load spread technology' belt that makes a big splash!
2014: Offset Rocks are the lightest nuts available and continue to keep Rocks at the pinnacle of Passive Protection.