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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)
1.Mount Rainier1764392USA-WA4026Cascade Range
2.Mount Shasta784317USA-CA2976Cascade Range
3.Mount Hood763426USA-OR2349Cascade Range
4.Mount Baker603286USA-WA2686Cascade Range
5.Mount Whitney564418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada
6.Mount Saint Helens522540USA-WA1394Cascade Range
7.Mount Washington441917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians
8.Mount Shuksan372783USA-WA1344Cascade Range
9.Mount Adams363742USA-WA2474Cascade Range
10.Longs Peak344345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains
11.Mount McKinley336194USA-AK6144Alaska Range
12.Silver Peak281708USA-WA647Cascade Range
12.McClellan Butte281573USA-WA439Cascade Range
14.Aconcagua276962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes
15.Volcán Cotopaxi255897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes
15.Wheeler Peak254011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains
17.Mont Blanc244810France/Italy4697Western Alps
17.Quandary Peak244348USA-CO337Southern Rocky Mountains
17.Granite Peak243901USA-MT1450Greater Yellowstone Rockies
17.Mount Stuart242870USA-WA1632Cascade Range
21.Mount Elbert234399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains
21.Mount Si231270USA-WA75Cascade Range
23.Mount Washington211907USA-WA798Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges
23.Katahdin211606USA-ME1307Northern U.S. Appalachians
25.Pico de Orizaba205636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica

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List Description

This list, like all the other "Usage" lists, will change over time as ascents are entered into the Peakbagger.com 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 Peakbagger.com 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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