This is an extremely advanced and difficult hike... in fact, some say that hiking the Mt. Whitney dayhike is a training hike for C2C! Please don't sign up for this unless you are absolutely sure you're up for it!
By the way, this is my first time to post C2C so I don't want to lose anyone on the hike!! :)
Difficulty Level: Very Strenuous
Start Time: 4:00AM (meet in the Palm Springs Art Museum parking lot at 3:50AM)
Elevation Gain/Loss: Over 8000 for Skyline and 10,500 ft gain/2600 ft loss for C2C
Maximum Elevation: 10,834 feet
Pace: Moderate but steady (no long breaks) for 10 to 12 hours
Descent: Tram down and share a cab back to cars
Every year there are many rescues on this hike and in particular on the Skyline portion, and in the past, hikers have died. Please do not attempt this hike unless you KNOW that you are capable and can bring all of the necessary essentials. By signing up for this hike, you agree to pay for any medical or legal costs should you incur any injury, and you request your heirs, family members, and friends to respect your agreed waiver in case of an injury or death for any reason. Also by signing up for this hike, you agree that you are the only person responsible for your safety and well-being and that you will not hold the hike leaders or any other hiker responsible.
Please bring money for the tram ride down (approximately $12.00) and the shared cab ride back to the cars (approximately $5.00) as well as a little extra for cheers afterward in the Tram Station.
Please carry at least 4 liters of water and enough food to maintain your energy and compensate for your calorie depletion (it's rumored that a hiker can burn up to 400 calories per hour on Skyline). To avoid cramping, you may need to maintain your electrolyte balance with SaltStick caps or electrolyte gels from REI (ask your doctor).
Also remember to bring the ten-plus essentials (see REI's Ten-plus Essentials (http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/ten+essentials.html))
Temperatures can change dramatically, and we may experience very cold and very windy conditions during our ascent, so please bring layers including a warm hat, gloves, wind jacket and insulation (fleece or down).
Forecast for the Trailhead (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Palm+Springs&state=CA&site=SGX&textField1=33.8303&textField2=-116.544&e=0)
Forecast for the Peak (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=33.81766299090527&lon=-116.67926788330078&site=sgx&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text)