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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

Showing Gerry Roach's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (22 out of 25, or 88%)

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier1894392USA-WA4026Cascade Range1964-05-24
2.Mount Shasta864317USA-CA2976Cascade Range1964-11-28
3.Mount Hood783426USA-OR2349Cascade Range1962-03
4.Mount Baker653286USA-WA2686Cascade Range1970-07-06
5.Mount Whitney584418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada1967-05-28
6.Mount Saint Helens542540USA-WA1394Cascade RangeUnknown
7.Mount Washington461917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians2006-05
8.Mount Adams383742USA-WA2474Cascade RangeUnknown
8.Mount Shuksan382783USA-WA1344Cascade RangeUnknown
10.Mount McKinley356194USA-AK6144Alaska Range1963-07-04
10.Longs Peak354345USA-CO896Southern Rocky MountainsUnknown
12.Granite Peak303901USA-MT1450Greater Yellowstone Rockies1981-07-18
13.Silver Peak291708USA-WA647Cascade RangeUnknown
14.Aconcagua286962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes1975-02-13
14.McClellan Butte281573USA-WA439Cascade RangeUnknown
16.Volcán Cotopaxi265897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes1980-07-08
16.Wheeler Peak264011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains1971-11-28
18.Mont Blanc254810France/Italy4697Western Alps1973-08-10
19.Quandary Peak244348USA-CO337Southern Rocky MountainsUnknown
19.Mount Stuart242870USA-WA1632Cascade Range 
19.Mount Si241270USA-WA75Cascade RangeUnknown
22.Mount Elbert234399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1957-08-15
23.North Sister223074USA-OR831Cascade Range 
23.Katahdin221606USA-ME1307Northern U.S. Appalachians2006-05
25.Mount Washington211907USA-WA798Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges 

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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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