Every year over five million people from all over the world visit the Grand Canyon. Less than 1% of those visitors ever reach the bottom. Of those that actually complete the Rim-to-Rim hike, only 8% are women.
These statistics didn’t dissuade eight determined women. The Grand Canyon Peeke Performers physically and mentally challenged themselves to complete the rigorous Rim-to-Rim hike as a part of their journey of personal fitness and well-being. They hiked the Grand Canyon north rim to south rim, with an overnight stay at the base. The 26.2 mile (marathon distance) trek included 112 degree temperatures and the load of their 25-pound backpacks.
The Peeke Performers were lead by wellness expert Dr. Pamela Peeke, who invited her friend and colleague, The US Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, who shares a love of hiking. With the addition of 6 adventurous women the Rim-to-Rim hikers were assembled and trained for months with Dr. Peeke to increase their stamina and endurance in preparation for the challenge.
Dermatologist Dr. Shanny Baughman, a Grand Canyon Peeke Performer, brought this momentous hike to Coolibar’s attention. Being a dermatologist, Dr. Baughman was concerned about UV exposure while in the Grand Canyon, with virtually no protection from the sun. They needed lightweight, breathable, sun protective gear – that’s where Coolibar came in. Coolibar equipped the 8 women with UPF 50+ hats and shirts to keep them protected from the sun.
Pictured below are The Grand Canyon Peeke Performers at the start of their expedition. More details to come on their Rim-to-Rim adventure.