Food for Thought: Why PROBARs Make Perfect Travel Companions

January 16, 2015

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By PROBAR Ambassador Dr. Geoff Tabin.

I love to climb. I always have. When I was younger, my life revolved around technical climbing with a focus on big rock walls and New England waterfall ice. I even left Harvard Medical School twice for the opportunity to climb.

I eventually squeezed four years of medical school into seven years of climbing. Highlights of those years included the first ascent of the East Face of Mt. Everest and being the fourth person to stand atop the highest peak on all seven continents.

I still travel more than ever to far-flung places. Just for a different reason: to work with the Himalayan Cataract Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to eradicate preventable and treatable blindness in the developing world.




This endeavor takes me to remote villages in Bhutan, Nepal, Ethiopia, Ghana, and South Sudan several times per year. That means I do a lot of packing and unpacking. What I take with me now differs quite a bit from what I took on climbing excursions.




One item I never leave home without, however, are my PROBARs. They make perfect travel companions. I like them because they are hearty. During a high-volume cataract campaign we operate for hours on end. Countless times, I’ve reached for a PROBAR to get me through the long days.




I’m also a fan of PROBARs because they’re easy to share. We work closely with local doctors and nurses during HCP Outreach Events. I always bring extra to share with them. It’s important that everyone stay fueled and focused so we can accommodate our patients. PROBARs are especially popular with our team in Ethiopia.

I never tire of PROBARs, either. Even after all these years — sometimes eating them morning, noon and night — I still genuinely like how they taste. My favorites are the Original Blend and all of the fruit and nut combinations.

In fact, I like PROBARs so much, my home is always stocked with them. Whether it’s a full day at the office seeing patients or long hours in the operating room, more often then not, I rely on a PROBAR Meal for lunch. And, when I do get a day off, you better believe I’m headed to Utah’s backcountry with my PROBARs in tow.




More information about the Himalayan Cataract Project can be found on and in Second Suns, a book that Outside Magazine says “should be required reading for anybody with an interest in humanitarian philanthropy — or, for that matter, a desire to feel a little better about the world.”




Learn more about Dr. Tabin here.