Neptune Mountaineering

Published On: August 4th, 2019


This locally owned retail shop has been serving outdoor enthusiasts in the Boulder area since 1973. Offering the best gear, apparel, and expertise with all things mountaineering, skiing, climbing, backpacking, and hiking, Neptune Mountaineering has become a true staple for the outdoor community in Boulder. The knowledge and experience they offer their customers is some of the best around and their devotion and dedication is unmatched. They’re outdoor enthusiasts themselves and as such, they use the gear they sell. That’s how you know they’re good.

What Makes It Great

Gary Neptune’s namesake shop isn’t just an exquisite gear store, it also features a built-in mountaineering museum. With artifacts dating back over 100 years, it’s worth a visit just to gaze at the amazing collection of gear, photos and autographs. Neptune’s also features many community shows and presentations (almost always free) with some of the world’s foremost climbers and explorers. Neptune’s is so much more than a gear store — it’s a Boulder institution.

Who is Going to Love It

In January 2013, Gary decided it was time to ski and climb a bit more, and sold Neptune Mountaineering to Backwoods Retail, Inc, an Austin, Texas based, family owned regional chain of outdoor stores. It was vital that the new owners respect Neptune’s commitment to the community and grassroots authenticity and the transition has gone smoothly. Neptune’s retains the integrity and expertise that has made it Boulder’s true base camp for adventures near and far. Oh, and if you happen to see a fellow walking around the shop barefoot, say hi — it may just be Gary himself! 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

633 South Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

Written by James Dziezynski for RootsRated and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to [email protected].

Featured image provided by James Dziezynski