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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)
1.Mount Rainier2064392USA-WA4026Cascade Range
2.Mount Shasta874317USA-CA2976Cascade Range
3.Mount Hood793426USA-OR2349Cascade Range
4.Mount Baker693286USA-WA2686Cascade Range
5.Mount Whitney614418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada
6.Mount Saint Helens552540USA-WA1394Cascade Range
7.Mount Washington461917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians
8.Denali436190USA-AK6140Alaska Range
9.Mount Adams403742USA-WA2474Cascade Range
9.Mount Shuksan402783USA-WA1344Cascade Range
11.Longs Peak374345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains
12.Silver Peak321708USA-WA647Cascade Range
13.Granite Peak313901USA-MT1450Greater Yellowstone Rockies
14.Aconcagua306962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes
15.Mont Blanc294810France/Italy4697Western Alps
15.McClellan Butte291573USA-WA439Cascade Range
17.Mount Stuart282870USA-WA1632Cascade Range
18.Volcán Cotopaxi275897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes
18.Wheeler Peak274011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains
20.Mount Elbert264399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains
20.Mount Si261274USA-WA79Cascade Range
22.Quandary Peak244348USA-CO337Southern Rocky Mountains
22.Glacier Peak243206USA-WA2285Cascade Range
22.Mount San Antonio243068USA-CA1898Central and Southern California Ranges
22.Katahdin241606USA-ME1307Northern U.S. Appalachians

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List Description

This list, like all the other "Usage" lists, will change over time as ascents are entered into the database. This list is automatically recalculated once a day, so a completion of all these peaks is a moving target that may be frustrating for a climber.

The "Ascents" column above show the total number of unsuccessful attempts on a peak logged in the database. Multiple failed attempts by one climber are all counted. However, note that many registered site users do not log their unsuccessful ascents, so this list is not very robust statistically. However, it does give a somewhat interesting picture of some worldwide summit that are perhaps among the most difficult to ascend.

A personal note--I have long maintained that there should be no shame or stigma in an unsuccessful attempt. They are excellent learning experiences and a sign of wise maturity in the mountains. Never climb with someone who has never turned back! And don't be afraid to log your trips where the summit was just not in the cards.


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