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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 Rainier2104392USA-WA4026Cascade Range1964-05-24
2.Mount Shasta894317USA-CA2975Cascade Range1964-11-28
3.Mount Hood813426USA-OR2349Cascade Range1962-03
4.Mount Baker743286USA-WA2686Cascade Range1970-07-06
5.Mount Whitney644418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada1967-05-28
6.Mount Saint Helens562540USA-WA1394Cascade RangeUnknown
7.Mount Washington481917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians2006-05
8.Denali446190USA-AK6140Alaska Range1963-07-04
9.Mount Adams413742USA-WA2474Cascade RangeUnknown
10.Mount Shuksan402783USA-WA1344Cascade RangeUnknown
11.Longs Peak384345USA-CO896Southern Rocky MountainsUnknown
12.Granite Peak323901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies1981-07-18
12.Silver Peak321708USA-WA648Cascade RangeUnknown
14.Aconcagua306962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes1975-02-13
15.Mont Blanc294810France/Italy4697Western Alps1973-08-10
15.McClellan Butte291573USA-WA440Cascade RangeUnknown
17.Mount Elbert284399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1957-08-15
17.Mount Stuart282870USA-WA1632Cascade Range 
17.Mount Si281274USA-WA79Cascade RangeUnknown
20.Volcán Cotopaxi275897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes1980-07-08
20.Wheeler Peak274011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains1971-11-28
22.Glacier Peak263206USA-WA2285Cascade RangeUnknown
23.Mount San Antonio253068USA-CA1897Central and Southern California RangesUnknown
24.Quandary Peak244348USA-CO337Southern Rocky MountainsUnknown
24.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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