For Tulsa Oklahoma native Gary Neptune
stepping onto the peak of the world’s tallest mountain
on May 14, 1983 was the culmination of a life-long
fascination with mountaineering that began with a chance
reading of "Our Everest Adventure" by Sir John Hunt.
This book made a big impression on Gary, and that
impression would stay with him all through school, and
his evacuation from The Suez in 1956, and on into his
boarding school in Switzerland, a country famous for
both its skiing and its mountains.
In 1964 Gary was
awarded a scholarship to the famous Outward Bound School in Colorado where he
was a student of climbing legend Paul Petzoldt. After leaving Outward Bound
Gary returned to Switzerland where he climbed Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.
During the late 60s Gary spent time as a geologist in Antarctica before
returning to graduate school. It was a return that led to a major decision for
Gary, to remain in academia or to devote his life to the mountains that so
fascinated him. In the end the mountains won.
Mountaineering opened its doors on April Fool’s Day, 1973 in Boulder Colorado.
Neptune Mountaineering is a one-store mountaineering shop and climbing museum.
As the owner of his own business Gary had the freedom to climb, and went on to
summit Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Makalu, and Gasherbrum II in the Himalayas, as
well as skiing in over 10 ski marathons.