The museum houses various climbing and skiing equipment, mainly from the most significant period of mountain and polar exploration - the mid 1800's to the last half of the 20th century. There is also a large collection of photographs from this important period.
Groups, most often students, visit and are welcome in the museum. Gary usually meets with these groups so it's best to call ahead and schedule a tour.
Just a few of the people and firms who have helped make the museum possible include: Peter Aschenbrenner • Paul Petzoldt • Elizabeth Knowlton • Jennifer Jordan • Dave Morison • Sir Edmund Hillary • Sibylle Hechtel • Anatoli Boukreev • Jeff Rhoads • Stubai • Serge Rivory • Vermont Tubbs • Peter Habeler • Friedl Wallner • Tom Hornbein • Paul Petzl • John Sherman • Sir Chris Bonington • Pat Ament • Clyde Soles • Gino Pisoni • Jack Fralick • Dick Bass • Frank Wells • Kurt Diemberger • Anderl Heckmair • Jim Glendenning • Mike O’Brian • Conrad Anker • Rolando Garibotti • Yvon Chouinard • Joe Simpson • Robert Schauer • Bob Ader • Charlet-Moser • Black Diamond • Jack Durrance • Dick Durrance • Rune Gjeldnes • Dick Pownall • Jeff Lowe • Åsnes Ski Norway • Simond • Pete Schoening • Gioachino Gobbi • Bergans Norway/USA • Tom Frost
EVEREST AND THE HIGH PEAKS
Boots, crampons, an ice axe and clothing from Gary Neptune's ascent of Everest in 1983 and his ascents of Makalu (1987), Ama Dablam (1981) and Gasherbrum II (1997) may also be seen.
Gary was fortunate to have known three members of the 1932 Nanga Parbat Expedition. After pioneering the route in 1932 "Himalaya Peter" Aschenbrenner very nearly climbed it in 1934 with Erwin Schneider. Not many years ago Peter signed one of his earliest ice axes for Gary. His design with small modifications was produced for over thirty years.
EARLY CLIMBING: THE ALPS
Anderl Heckmair (who led the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1938) donated pitons and a carabiner from that famous climb.
Vintage ski clothing, ski boots, poles, bindings, early adhesive (with wax) seal skins and a waxing torch. In 1907 Abel Rossignol brought back a pair of skis from Norway and subsequently began producing skis at his spindle factory in Voiron, France (Val d’Isère). The pair of skis in the right of this case were among the first produced.
The collection includes memorabilia from his trip to Antarctica, Tubbs skis and snowshoes from the early 1900's, seal skins, a hakapik (for killing seals), and some Sami skis.