whats a fair value for vintage wild country friends?


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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 7, 2013 - 09:28pm PT
Ok I stand corrected. Cheers


Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV
May 7, 2013 - 10:05pm PT
What Dingus said and make sure it's good bud! Or $10 to $15 each sounds fair

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
May 7, 2013 - 10:07pm PT

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May 7, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
If its a good friend why couldn't you just "borrow" them for as long as you need them??? I borrowed a friends kayak for several years when I had to be on the east coast for an extended period of time. I gave it back when I moved back and bought my own.


Trad climber
New River, AZ
May 7, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
My rack is slowly becoming just a pile of aluminum. I'm amazed at how little everyone thinks WC Friends are worth. I guess things would be different if Chouinard had his stamp on it. Old Chouinard biners seem to have gold inlay these days. Always under the impression that the nutted axle Friends were superior to the peened rivet looking end of later editions.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
May 8, 2013 - 04:23pm PT
Dang! You mean I been holding on my old rack of Friends for nuthin?

For sale: rack of Friends


Mountain climber
May 8, 2013 - 05:08pm PT
I was speaking purely from a collectors' perspective...I don't buy used pro to go climbing with.

Anyone know the lineage of Friends' evolution? Are pictures and descriptions posted on ST somewhere? - I searched but could not find the thread(s).
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
May 8, 2013 - 05:34pm PT
There's some information here:


If you had original friends, marked with just a "1", "2", or "3", circlips holding the cams to the shaft, then, maybe they'd be of interest to a collector. Still, they don't command a huge amount of money. Maybe 30 bucks per or so.

If they say Wild Country on them, they'd be worth, like said above, maybe 10 bucks per. People sell them here at swaps for around 5 a piece.

The older Wild Country models will say "patent pending" on them. Newer ones will list the patent number.

How are yours marked?

May 8, 2013 - 06:27pm PT
Sorry Roots, I didn't quite understand that that's what you were getting at.
Carry on ;-)


Mountain climber
May 8, 2013 - 07:10pm PT
I need to look at the ones I have. I think one has just a "2" stamped on it.

Anyways, thanks for the link to Nut Museum. Not sure why I keep forgetting to look there for information....hell I was on the site just yesterday and reading. Getting old I guess!

Ajaccio, Corsica, France
May 10, 2013 - 06:20am PT
WILD COUNTRY early production model Friend 3 &#40;1978&#41;
WILD COUNTRY early production model Friend 3 (1978)
Credit: nutstory
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