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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

Showing Gerry Roach's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (24 out of 25, or 96%)

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier2064392USA-WA4026Cascade Range1964-05-24
2.Mount Shasta874317USA-CA2976Cascade Range1964-11-28
3.Mount Hood793426USA-OR2349Cascade Range1962-03
4.Mount Baker693286USA-WA2686Cascade Range1970-07-06
5.Mount Whitney614418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada1967-05-28
6.Mount Saint Helens552540USA-WA1394Cascade RangeUnknown
7.Mount Washington461917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians2006-05
8.Denali436190USA-AK6140Alaska Range1963-07-04
9.Mount Adams403742USA-WA2474Cascade RangeUnknown
9.Mount Shuksan402783USA-WA1344Cascade RangeUnknown
11.Longs Peak374345USA-CO896Southern Rocky MountainsUnknown
12.Silver Peak321708USA-WA647Cascade RangeUnknown
13.Granite Peak313901USA-MT1450Greater Yellowstone Rockies1981-07-18
14.Aconcagua306962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes1975-02-13
15.Mont Blanc294810France/Italy4697Western Alps1973-08-10
15.McClellan Butte291573USA-WA439Cascade RangeUnknown
17.Mount Stuart282870USA-WA1632Cascade Range 
18.Volcán Cotopaxi275897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes1980-07-08
18.Wheeler Peak274011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains1971-11-28
20.Mount Elbert264399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1957-08-15
20.Mount Si261274USA-WA79Cascade RangeUnknown
22.Quandary Peak244348USA-CO337Southern Rocky MountainsUnknown
22.Glacier Peak243206USA-WA2285Cascade RangeUnknown
22.Mount San Antonio243068USA-CA1898Central and Southern California RangesUnknown
22.Katahdin241606USA-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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