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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

Showing Thompson John's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (2 out of 25, or 8%)

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier1764392USA-WA4026Cascade Range 
2.Mount Shasta764317USA-CA2976Cascade Range 
3.Mount Hood743426USA-OR2349Cascade Range 
4.Mount Whitney564418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada 
4.Mount Baker563286USA-WA2686Cascade Range 
6.Mount Saint Helens512540USA-WA1394Cascade Range 
7.Mount Washington441917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians1994-12-03
8.Mount Adams363742USA-WA2474Cascade Range 
8.Mount Shuksan362783USA-WA1344Cascade Range 
10.Mount McKinley336194USA-AK6144Alaska Range 
11.Longs Peak324345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains 
12.Silver Peak271708USA-WA647Cascade Range 
12.McClellan Butte271573USA-WA439Cascade Range 
14.Aconcagua266962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes 
15.Wheeler Peak254011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains 
16.Volcán Cotopaxi245897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes 
16.Mont Blanc244810France/Italy4697Western Alps 
16.Quandary Peak244348USA-CO337Southern Rocky Mountains 
16.Granite Peak243901USA-MT1450Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
20.Mount Elbert234399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains 
20.Mount Stuart232870USA-WA1632Cascade Range 
22.Mount Si221270USA-WA75Cascade Range 
23.Mount Washington211907USA-WA798Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges 
23.Katahdin211606USA-ME1307Northern U.S. Appalachians1997-07-22
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 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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