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Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 11, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
Anybody remember this thing?
~ph
Credit: Phil
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 11, 2013 - 08:48pm PT
Maybe the nicest bloke besides Brett Ruckman or Fred to work at the sh...
Maybe the nicest bloke besides Brett Ruckman or Fred to work at the shop: Peter Holcombe.
Credit: Phil
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 11, 2013 - 09:17pm PT

Phil
I don't think Steve was there then. He'd been working there
1976-78 or so time period.
But thanks--sheesh, I wish I'd been checkin' in there
back then--I wuz shoppin' closer to Denver.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 11, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
Phil
I don't think Steve was there then. He'd been working there
1976-78 or so time period.
Steve,
I didn't move to Colorado until 1988. Was Steve Glenn a Neptune staffer?

~Phil
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 11, 2013 - 09:36pm PT
Some images from the day of Tami's slideshow in Boulder back in '00:
Pre-show festivities at the Rio: Pete in his element, telling great st...
Pre-show festivities at the Rio: Pete in his element, telling great stories. Tami at right.
Credit: Phil
Stu, Laurelyn and Pete.
Stu, Laurelyn and Pete.
Credit: Phil
John Sherman and Gary's new pen.
John Sherman and Gary's new pen.
Credit: Phil
The first die-hards arrive.
The first die-hards arrive.
Credit: Phil
Tim Cumbo and Pete Steres
Tim Cumbo and Pete Steres
Credit: Phil
Fred Barth, Gary, Craig Luebben, John Sherman
Fred Barth, Gary, Craig Luebben, John Sherman
Credit: Phil
Fred with the bottle of Balvenie that vanished that night. <br/>
Ed holds ...
Fred with the bottle of Balvenie that vanished that night.
Ed holds Tami's newest book.
Credit: Phil
Despite Ed Viestur's show also being on the same night, it was super t...
Despite Ed Viestur's show also being on the same night, it was super to see so many come to Tami's show.
L-R: Jon Krakauer, Tami, Ed Webster, Fred
Credit: Phil
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 11, 2013 - 10:53pm PT
Here are a last few random shots for now.

~ph

The old Neptunes shop at Table Mesa.
The old Neptunes shop at Table Mesa.
Credit: Phil

Many old-timers will likely remember Stevie's Winter and Summer VW buses.
The Winter bus had propane heat, which ran out on our return trip from Snowbird this year. We nearly froze our testes off on I-90 coming back through Wyoming. I had never driven a vehicle while wearing a sleeping bag before that trip.
Stevie Sidener's "Winter Bus", circa '91 or '92. <br/>
Jeff Becker is co-p...
Stevie Sidener's "Winter Bus", circa '91 or '92.
Jeff Becker is co-pilot.
Credit: Phil

Fred's awesome coat.
Fred's awesome coat.
Credit: Phil

Dian and Phil &#40;with hair!&#41; in the Neptune offices.
Dian and Phil (with hair!) in the Neptune offices.
Credit: Phil
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 11, 2013 - 11:42pm PT

Phil
Steve was, back in 1976 to maybe 1978. I went to visit him
one day (this was when the store was on 28th st), leaned on
the counter and started chatting, looked down, and I was on
the cover of On Belay!
Now that was a surprise!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jan 12, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Phil. Thanks for the memories! You're gonna have to get your own account here sir ;)

That troll was masterful indeed. I recognized it right away but only becuase I had seen the letter posted before. (Greg@mountainproject, greg@widefetish) The way he re-worded it was hilarious!
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Jan 12, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Hey! Those Ramer shortcuts in that ski shot back there a ways are mine! I know because of the white plastic heel piece. Still have them. That was a demo pair I scrapped together at the Ramer shop, and that white heel piece was all we had left. It is softer than the black. (Plastic critical binding part. Bad idea.) I have not skied them since they pitched me down Hangman's at Mammoth in '98.
I had them tuned right before I moved at TNF when it was next to Neptune's in Table Mesa and they f*#ked them up, making them base high. I had not really checked them out until I felt that edge slide out from under me and pitch me headfirst toward the rocks. Managed to yank myself around, with much cussing, and hit the rocks with my ass instead.
Never could fix them, 1mm of daylight at the edges, it's hard to scrape off that much p-tex without running through the base, so now they are part of my Ramer museum.


(This has turned into a great thread, thanks Phil and Roy for the pictures.)
Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
Jan 12, 2013 - 01:26pm PT
Phil, great pics! I was working at the Profiteer during some of those years and had fun with many of the suspects from Neptune's.

Did you guys ever help that guy that needed a left-thread ice screw we sent over?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 12, 2013 - 02:20pm PT
Steve was, back in 1976 to maybe 1978. I went to visit him
one day (this was when the store was on 28th st), leaned on
the counter and started chatting, looked down, and I was on
the cover of On Belay!
Now that was a surprise!

Great story Steve! The 28th St. store goes way back.

I should have looked on Neptune's alumni list- of course Steve Glenn is there. When we built the original Neptune website, Pammy was a major contributor to this list- she's the best Neptune historian going besides Gary himself.

~Phil
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 12, 2013 - 02:27pm PT
Hey! Those Ramer shortcuts in that ski shot back there a ways are mine! I know because of the white plastic heel piece. Still have them.
...


Thank you for the story! I'm sorry that my memory isn't any better and I have forgotten so much. (Thank God for fotos, huh?) I'll bet I'd recognize you instantly if I saw you though. :-)

The pieces of the story of Pete at Snowbird, the Tarzan yell, the snowbank and what followed all came together here- probably for the first time.

~ph
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Jan 12, 2013 - 02:38pm PT
I can't place you either, Phil. (Phil, Phil, I know I know who that is, but......Pete would be all like, of COURSE you know Phil!)

But that looks like the load of skis I took back to Boulder with the first group, probably '95?
wstmrnclmr

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Jan 12, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
This IS a great thread! I've never heard of Neptunes but I love the history and this represents the best of what Stuportopo provides. Great to to see it last through the sludge that has killed so many other potentially great threads. And any thread Tarbuster contributes to (a rarer occurrence these days) is a reflection of the integrity shown here. Keep it going!
locker

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 12, 2013 - 03:18pm PT


What a GREAT line!!!...

LOL!!!...

and of course, TRUE!!!...


"Internet forums are largely driven by a combination of boredom and pleasures derived from the misfortunes of others"...
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jan 12, 2013 - 03:31pm PT
mostly what was required was a sense of humor.
I am quickly learning that this is the case most places in this world. You have done an excellent job portraying your experiences at Neptune's and giving some life to the name for the clueless (like me).
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 12, 2013 - 03:48pm PT
Phil, great pics! I was working at the Profiteer during some of those years and had fun with many of the suspects from Neptune's.

Did you guys ever help that guy that needed a left-thread ice screw we sent over?

Todd,

I think I remember you. Were you at BoMo when Ralph Imbrognio worked there?
You probably remember those green sweatshirts Gary had printed.

The rivalry between the two shops was actually one of the most humorous aspects about the Boulder scene in those days. At Neptunes, it was, by and large, very light-hearted and not very contentious. Everybody there had big respect for Bob.
Also- Gary really did believe that there was plenty of market to be shared between the shops.

As for the left-thread ice screw- that also sounds quite familiar- good example of the mischief that was enjoyed.

Thanks for this! Makes me smile!

~Phil
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Jan 12, 2013 - 04:02pm PT
...the elite thing is BS.
I see 3 matches for "elite" in this thread - 2 in your post above and one in mine upthread in the context of "elite town" - Boulder...

I think it's cool when people find a family and enjoy life. Love to see it. However, except for the slideshows, I'm failing to see how these activities were of any benefit to the larger climbing community, as claimed in many posts...
crunch

Social climber
CO
Jan 12, 2013 - 04:14pm PT
Hey Phil, thanks for all your great pics and stories!

This is a great thread.

I remember when Derek Hersey got the idea for climbing the Diamond, solo, in winter. He had no gear for this so Gary quietly gave him all kinds of expensive, top-quality winter gear. Poor Derek was a bit out of his element but Gary was totally supportive.

Derek's first attempt, he lugged a huge, monstrously heavy haul bag full of all the food and gear and stuff, all the way in and stashed it on the Boulderfield, ready for rapping to Broadway. He stumbled out in the dark and hitch-hiked back to Boulder for a few days to rest up. He had no car, so the logistics were not easy. He found a ride with someone and was about to head back up when he got a phone call, "Hey, we rescued your haul bag! Man, it was heavy but we brought everything back down for you; we got it safe and sound--in Fort Collins....."

Derek was horrified. He now had to go recover the bag from Fort Collins before he could even start over. The poor guys who'd brought it down thought they'd done a HUGE favor to someone and were expecting much thanks, at least; there was much sheepishness all round.

Much of that winter was spent with several exhausting forays up and down, before Derek finally called it quits. Gary's generosity benefitted Derek for years--he had lots of cold weather gear for many further adventures.

Quite possibly Gary never really expected Derek to succeed on the Diamond (few of us did, really), but saw in Derek the kind of raw, free-spirited, devil-may-care climber that deserved support, a fellow iconoclast.

Gary's generosity came with no strings.

I think the monster sleeping bag was inherited by Strappo, who, in turn used it for many more adventures.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 12, 2013 - 04:18pm PT
However, except for the slideshows, I'm failing to see how these activities were of any benefit to the larger climbing community, as claimed in many posts...


OK.

Gary was always a big supporter of the Access Fund, sponsored multiple cleanups at Flagstaff (Christian's Flagstaff Cleanups), his own old slings and webbing cleanups at Eldo- and lots more that Gary did pretty quietly and many I can't remember at the moment.
I was, however, privy to very many local expedition and individual sponsorships. The discount list at the shop became a major section of the staff manual.
In the ten years I worked there this was ongoing- so I don't have an authoritative list of everything Gary has done for the 'larger' community.

Clearly you have your mind made up and that really is fine. However your knowledge of what Gary has or hasn't done for the community is incomplete at best.

~ph



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