Casio Pathfinder Honors One of America's Most Established Mountain Climbers

 March 20, 2007

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Scholarship allows for advanced alpine training

MARCH 20, 2007, DOVER, NJ – Casio Pathfinder, one of the most rugged and highly advanced outdoorsman watches on the market, has chosen a recipient for the Casio-Pathfinder scholarship.  The award is given out to a member of the America Mountain Guides Association and this year's winner is Andy Politz, an established climber with seven trips to Mt. Everest under his belt.

"We are pleased to award the Casio-Pathfinder scholarship to Andy Politz who is such a dedicated and established guide," said Dave Johnson, Senior General Manager of Casio's Timepiece Division.  "We hope that this will enable Mr. Politz to continue his guiding classes and help more people discover the joy of mountaineering."

Politz lives in Columbus, OH and has been a member of AMGA since 2005.  He has been guiding expeditions for the past 24 years and has been a member of the famous Mallory and Irvine expeditions, including the 1999 trip up Everest that resulted in the discovery of George Mallory's body.  Politz is currently enrolled in an advanced Alpine Guide Course in the Cascades in July. 

"I am thrilled to receive this scholarship from Casio," said Politz.  "I have been climbing forever and see the need for certification in American Guiding to learn what state of the art is, as well as to learn new skills and new attitudes toward adventure."

The scholarship is awarded to a current member of the AMGA who demonstrates the following criteria: pursues guiding as a profession; and seeks to better his/her guiding skills through educational alpine and ski courses and/or exams.  The scholarship is funded by Casio-Pathfinder, a Diamond level sponsor of the AMGA, which is a non-profit organization that represents the interest of American Mountain Guides.  The Association provides support, education and standards for the 1,000 members nationwide.

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