How a BASE Bar Saved the Day in the Grand Canyon

June 4, 2015


Every so often we receive stories from customers describing how a PROBAR saved the day or really came through in the clutch. We like to refer to these as a #MyPROBARstory and we encourage you all to send them in via email or social media. Recently we received one from Chris Clark, owner of CC Fitness and Yoga in Sunnyvale, CA. We hope you enjoy Chris’s story.

Greetings and Salutations,

My name is Chris and I have a story I want to share with you about your Peanut Butter Chocolate BASE bar.

My girlfriend and I hiked the South to North Rim at the Grand Canyon on May 15, 2015. We were well prepared with plenty of water, food, including the above mentioned bar, and extra clothing. The entire day was brilliant! We were up at 3:45am to make final preparations and to catch the shuttle to the South Kaibab trailhead. After a few pictures from the starting point we were on our way. We knew this was going to be an intense hike. We are both pretty active and keep ourselves fit. I am a personal fitness trainer and Power Vinyasa yoga teacher. She is an events planner for a large medical device company.





Seven miles in and our legs finally get a little break from the downhill pounding. The trail was very wet and slippery which created even more work. Now it’s through the valley on the Kaibab we stop at Phantom Ranch and refuel with sandwiches and top off our water. After the short break we get back on trail knowing we have about 17 miles to go. Over the Colorado River and through the canyon we go. Up hills, down hills and brushing up against stones (canyon walls) stacked 3,000ft and higher. One more stop at Cottonwood where we soak our tired feet in the very cold stream that runs through the valley and finally dumps into the Colorado. We top off our water one more time and eat some more food.




The final stretch begins, 7 more miles and we are finished! The uphill starts gradually but at mile 20 it changes and gets steep! At mile 22 we are DONE. So tired and each step felt like running a 10k in record time! My girlfriend turns to me and says “grab that bar and let’s share, I’m not really hungry but know I need to eat”. We had drank approximately 4-5 liters of water between us in just 7 miles. Our thirst was insatiable and because of that we were not hungry. We broke the bar in half and each took a bite. I do not exaggerate when I say the energy lift from that first bite was like drinking pure caffeine! This was such an amazing thing. We would have finished the last 2 miles without the bar but WITH the bar the last 2 miles were faster and more energized.

Your bars have earned a place in our “Must Haves” for all of our events. They will be with us at the upcoming Tough Mudder at Northstar Lake Tahoe on June 13, 2015 and in November for the SF Urbanathlon.

Thank you for a product that tastes great and does the job!