Neptune to open in-store museum
Last Updated: 15:15 August 27, 2013
Displays of rare pieces of technical rock and ice climbing gear and skiing equipment that date back 200 years are getting a revamp, and are featured throughout the 15,000-square-foot Neptune Mountaineering store at 633 S. Broadway in the Table Mesa shopping center. A formal unveiling of the updated museum is expected Sept. 30, the company said in a press release.
In addition, the museum collection includes photographs from mountain and polar expeditions from the mid-1800s through the 20th century. Neptune has been collecting the pieces for the past 40 years.
"This is less of a timeline and more of an opportunity to tell stories while weaving in some history," Neptune said in the press release.
Neptune owns and maintains the museum, after selling the outdoor-gear and clothing store to Backwoods, an Austin, Texas-based outdoor store chain, earlier this year for an undisclosed sum. The Neptune Mountaineering store retained its name and carries climbing, backpacking and backcountry ski equipment and gear, as well as related apparel and footwear.
"Being a part of this process has generated so much excitement within the store and the climbing community that we look forward to sharing the updates with our customers," said Jennifer Mull, chief executive of Neptune Mountaineering.
Backwoods has eight other retail stores - in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas - and is on the Internet at www.backwoods.com. Its sister company, Backwoods Adventures, takes clients on trips on six of Earth's seven continents.
Neptune Mountaineering opened in 1973, specializing in repair of climbing and ski boots and axes as well as installing edges on wooden skis.
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