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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

Showing Gerry Roach's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (23 out of 25, or 92%)

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier2044392USA-WA4026Cascade Range1964-05-24
2.Mount Shasta874317USA-CA2976Cascade Range1964-11-28
3.Mount Hood783426USA-OR2349Cascade Range1962-03
4.Mount Baker663286USA-WA2686Cascade Range1970-07-06
5.Mount Whitney604418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada1967-05-28
6.Mount Saint Helens542540USA-WA1394Cascade RangeUnknown
7.Mount Washington461917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians2006-05
8.Mount Shuksan402783USA-WA1344Cascade RangeUnknown
9.Mount Adams393742USA-WA2474Cascade RangeUnknown
10.Longs Peak374345USA-CO896Southern Rocky MountainsUnknown
11.Denali366190USA-AK6140Alaska Range1963-07-04
12.Granite Peak313901USA-MT1450Greater Yellowstone Rockies1981-07-18
13.Silver Peak291708USA-WA647Cascade RangeUnknown
14.Aconcagua286962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes1975-02-13
14.Mont Blanc284810France/Italy4697Western Alps1973-08-10
14.McClellan Butte281573USA-WA439Cascade RangeUnknown
17.Volcán Cotopaxi275897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes1980-07-08
18.Wheeler Peak264011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains1971-11-28
18.Mount Stuart262870USA-WA1632Cascade Range 
20.Mount Elbert244399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1957-08-15
20.Quandary Peak244348USA-CO337Southern Rocky MountainsUnknown
20.Mount Si241270USA-WA75Cascade RangeUnknown
23.Glacier Peak223206USA-WA2285Cascade RangeUnknown
23.North Sister223074USA-OR831Cascade Range 
23.Katahdin221606USA-ME1307Northern U.S. Appalachians2006-05

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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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