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Mark Buchanan, who set a great example of an enthusiastic caretaker of the Arestua hut for the past several years, has announced that he must retire from this beloved duty. He is moving to Craig, Colorado, on the Western Slope, for a new start. Mark said he will always “have a special place in my heart for that little spot on top of Guinn mountain”, and will try to be around for the annual work party in September that gets the cabin ready for winter.
Thanks, Mark, for all your selfless hours of volunteering and best of luck in Craig!
If anyone is interested in volunteering for the venerable role of Aretua Hutmeister, please email email@example.com.
With the sale of Neptune Mountaineering to Backwoods Retail, an Austin-based chain of outdoor equipment stores, at the end of 2012 the end of an era had come, the time when Gary Neptune owned and operated the shop, which has been an institution for the local climbing and skiing communitry for over three decades. There will be a full length interview of Gary in the summer issue of the Trail & Timberline, but it seemed appropriate to share with other CMC members an introduction to the article here in the Compass. Gary’s unstinting support of the Boulder Group of the Colorado Mountain Club deserves no less….
As anyone who has been climbing or backcountry skiing in Boulder for any time knows, Neptune Mountaineering is no ordinary mountaineering shop. And if you spend enough time at the shop, or happen to attend one of the Thursday night shows that both inform and entertain, you are likely to meet the person who is responsible for the vision that created this venerable institution that is so treasured by so many: none other than Gary Neptune, who can still be seen walking around the shop, tending to business, usually barefoot, as is his wont.
This article is based on an interview I recently conducted with Gary, which I wanted to do for a couple of reasons. The first reason was the fact that the shop had been sold at the end of 2012 to a Texas corporation, Backwoods Retail, which prompted me to wonder: what would this mean for the cultural aspects of this venerable shop? Would the new owner recognize and value the social capital associated with its history? Secondly, would Gary’s strong support of the CMC over its history be recognized and preserved at this point in its history? When I approached Gary with the idea, he was enthusiastic in wanting to do the interview and answer these questions.
Perhaps I should start at my own beginning: my first purchase at Neptune Mountaineering was a pair of mountaineering sunglasses at his shop down on 30th Street in 1981. He had started this shop in 1973 after working for a few years at Holubar, an early supplier of mountaineering equipment , which also specialized in sew-it-yourself kits, an innovation at the time. The Holubar managers cultivated a culture of customer loyalty based on employees who shared their passion for the outdoors, an influence that Gary apparently brought to his first shop. In the early years, he focused on boot repair for the more steady income than what selling climbing gear brought in. The climbing community was a close knit community, where another climbing shop was not seen as a competitive threat, but as a welcome addition to the community.
To be continued this summer in Trail & Timberline….
Submitted by: Roger Hedrick
Authored by: Margaret Bowes
Instead of traveling I-70 at peak time this weekend, “Press Play and Avoid Delay” by spending an extra hour having fun instead of in traffic. Find deals, discounts, and the weekend travel forecast at GoI70.
For those who dream of a day when I-70 traffic coming out of the mountains isn’t bumper-to-bumper, the Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a campaign to encourage mountain visitors to “Change Your Peak Time” for
traveling back to Denver, skipping the rush between 1p.m. and 7 p.m. especially on Sundays and holidays.
Instead travelers can “Press Play, Avoid Delay” by spending an extra hour having fun in the mountains instead
of spending an extra hour in peak traffic. CDOT has partnered with the I-70 Coalition, a consortium representing the mountain communities and resorts, to give travel tips and travel forecasts, and to offer discounts, deals and incentives for travelers interested in avoiding traffic by staying in the mountains for an extra hour or two.
GoI70.com’s Peak Time Deals at http://www.goi70.com list locations of restaurants, entertainment options and retailers along the I-70 corridor offering weekend discounts. In addition to deals offered near resorts, Idaho Springs and
Georgetown also offer incentives for travelers who want to leave early to beat the peak traffic, or who have already hit the road but would like to take a break from traffic on their way home.
The campaign also encourages safe driving on winter roads. Tips like giving snowplow drivers extra room, and checking your windshield washer fluid levels and tire levels before you hit the highway, can be found at winter driving, along with real-time road conditions and travel advisories.
For more information on the “Change Your Peak Time” campaign, visit http://www.goi70.com. Real time travel information is available at COTrip.org and by downloading the CDOT Mobile app on your smartphone!
If you want more specific information, or messaging, just contact:
Margaret Bowes, Program Manager
PO Box 4100
Frisco CO 80443
By Rick Casey
The Colorado Mountain Club will be sponsoring the ninth annual Backcountry Film Festival, from the Winter Wildlands Alliance, and I am personally pleased to see that it will be returning to Neptune Mountaineering on Thursday, December 12, at 7pm. It is also showing in Golden at the AMC, on Friday, December 6. This will be a collection of short films that are “compelling and entertaining stories of the backcountry, non-motorized recreation, and environmental preservation.” Expect to see some great skiing and snowboarding! The films were judged to be the best of their class, and assembled into a 90 minute show. Sounds like a really special experience; I hope to see you there!
For more information and to purchase tickets ($12), see this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/715208255157154/
And to find out more about the Winter Wildlands Alliance, which is a worthy nonprofit up in Idaho fighting the good political fight to keep winter backcountry experiences pristine and quiet, check them out at winterwildlands.org.