BOULDER - Family-owned outdoor gear and clothing retail store Neptune Mountaineering Inc. has been acquired by Backwoods, an outdoor retail chain based in Austin, Texas.

Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Neptune Mountaineering will keep its name and all employees, according to a Backwoods press statement. New outdoor product lines may be added in the future, Jennifer Mull, chief executive of Backwoods, said in an email.

The iconic Boulder store is known for its informal "museum" of climbing and skiing gear and pictures from the expeditions of the store's founder Gary Neptune. The store is expected to keep its atmosphere and culture, Backwoods said. Neptune will continue to be involved with the store.

Neptune Mountaineering is located at 633 South Broadway in the Table Mesa Shopping Center. The store carries climbing, backpacking and backcountry ski equipment and gear, as well as related apparel and footwear.

Backwoods has eight other retail stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas, and is on the Internet at Its sister company, Backwoods Adventures, takes clients on trips on six of seven continents around the world.