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JBL climbs the Seven Summits for Kids
UPDATE: July 1, 2012
JBL officially returned home to Bermuda. The former World Champion tweeted today that he made it back home in safe health and sent his thanks to a fellow "legend" involved in the island's charity work.
Glad to be back in Bermuda, even happier I get to meet the great legend @Waisale_Serevi and his awesome team here helping kids in Bermuda!
UPDATE: June 27, 2012
After fighting frostbite and hypoxia, JBL climbed for eight hours to reach 17,500 feet - 1,000 feet from the summit of Mt. Elbrus - before a storm pushed he and his group off the mountain. However, he was able to place a WWE flag at 17,500 feet! While he wanted to continute to the peak, he was forced to retreat down the mountain because of the treacherous weather.
UPDATE: June 26, 2012
JBL's tough climb to the top of Mt. Elbrus continues. The former World Champion tweeted that he's "fighting frostbite" and says he's "lucky to be alive":
Got hypoxia and was fighting frostbite, still made it to 1,000 feet of summit then huge storm pushed us off mountain. Lucky to be alive.
Bad weather but suppose to get worse so.... GameTime!! Gonna be very cold and wet, see u in about 16 hours after I reach top of Europe!
UPDATE: June 24, 2012
JBL tweeted the following about preparing for his next climb:
Love having limited cell signal here but would prefer warmth!! Sleeping in arctic rated sleeping bag and full mountain gear! #JBLfacts
Last climb before summit-8 1/2 hour climb today to 15,200 feet. Summit tomorrow night at 1a start, be there by mid morning. Now it gets fun
UPDATE: June 23, 2012
JBL has successfully made his way to base camp as he continues to acclimate himself to the altitude for his Mt. Elbrus summit climb. The former SmackDown commentator tweeted that the snow climb to the camp was "AWESOME." He will spend the next few days preparing for the summit.
UPDATE: June 22, 2012
JBL took a fall today, but was lucky and suffered only a few minor scrapes, during an eight-hour day of climbing. Tomorrow, he’s moving into base camp, where he’ll spend four to five days without electricity and showers. He has two more hikes to get used to the altitude before making his climb toward the summit of Mt. Elbrus.
UPDATE: June 21, 2012
JBL began his first day of climbing to acclimate himself to the altitude before his Mt. Elbrus summit climb in six days. The former World Champion said it was a physically hard day and he saw his first avalanche! ( PHOTOS)
UPDATE: June 20, 2012
JBL has made it to base camp in Baskan Valley near Georgia and Chechyna. He begins climbing tomorrow to acclimate himself to the elevation challenges he'll face on Mt. Elbrus. Check out photos and videos of JBL getting ready in Baskan Valley for his summit climb on his Facebook page. To donate, visit SevenSummitsforKids.com.
UPDATE: June 19, 2012
After spending several days in Moscow and St. Petersburg, visiting sites such as the Kremlin and Red Square, JBL said he's packed and ready to head to Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, where he'll spend the next eight days hiking and climbing to prepare and acclimate himself for his journey to the summit.
June 6, 2012
John "Bradshaw" Layfield will begin climbing the Seven Summits for Kids this month! The former World Champion will climb to the peak of the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents for Bermuda's Family Centre. WWE will help fund the climbs, and when JBL reaches each mountaintop, he'll place a WWE flag on top of each peak.
JBL kicked off the Seven Summits festivites at a party in New York City in early June. Then he began spreading the word about his cause on WFAN's "Boomer & Carton." ( WATCH)
He plans to begin his first climb next week. He'll start with Russia's Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, and continue on to Mts. Vinson, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Cartensz Pyramid, and conclude with Mt. Everest in 2014.
And it's all for a good cause. Proceeds from JBL's climbs will go to Family Centre, which helps underprivileged children on the island thathe now calls home.
For more information on Seven Summits Bermuda, visit JBL's Twitter at twitter.com/JCLayfield, his Facebook at facebook.com/pages/John-Layfield or SevenSummitsforKids.com. To learn more about Bermuda's Family Centre, visit tfc.bm.