Eddie Bauer Named Official Sponsor of AMGA Alpine Guides Course

(Boulder, Colo.)- The American Mountain Guides Association announced today that Eddie Bauer, the original expedition outfitter, is the official sponsor of AMGA's Advanced Alpine Guide Course and Aspirant Exam. As a program sponsor, Eddie Bauer will help subsidize tuition costs, keeping the price of enrollment attainable, provide a full-tuition scholarship, as well as, equip students with guide built outerwear and gear from its First Ascent line.

"I am very excited to welcome Eddie Bauer, our 9th Diamond Partner, as the Official Sponsor of the AMGA Advanced Alpine Guide Course and Aspirant Exam," said AMGA Executive Director, Betsy Winter. "I am confident that through this perfectly matched partnership Eddie Bauer will play an integral role in advancing the guiding profession in the United States."

"Eddie Bauer is proud to be a sponsor of the American Mountain Guides Association," said Damien Huang, senior vice president of outerwear, active and gear at Eddie Bauer. "Our First Ascent line is built by a team of world-class mountain guides. The entire line from outerwear to gear is guide-built. Nothing goes to market without their consent and we are excited to have the opportunity to outfit and support the next generation of guides."

To learn more about the Eddie Bauer First Ascent, visit www.firstascent.com.

About the American Mountain Guides Association
For over 30 years, the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) has inspired an exceptional client experience as the premier source for training, credentials, resource stewardship and services for professional mountain guides and climbing instructors in the United States. A national non-profit, the AMGA is committed to enhancing the quality of outdoor services provided to the public, while serving as a resource for accessing and protecting the natural environment. The AMGA is our nation's exclusive representative to the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA), the international governing body responsible for guiding standards and education around the world. For more information please visit www.amga.com.

About Eddie Bauer
Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells sportswear, outerwear, gear and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle. The Eddie Bauer brand is a nationally recognized brand that stands for high quality, innovation, style and customer service. Eddie Bauer products are available at approximately 353 stores throughout the United States and Canada, through catalog sales and online at www.eddiebauer.com. Eddie Bauer is proud to be named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 40 companies so named in the U.S.