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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

Showing John Vitz's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (10 out of 25, or 40%)

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier2474392USA-WA4026Cascade Range 
2.Mount Shasta1104317USA-CA2975Cascade Range1972-07-02
3.Mount Hood1023426USA-OR2349Cascade Range 
4.Mount Baker843286USA-WA2686Cascade Range 
5.Mount Whitney714419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada1965-09-11
6.Mount Saint Helens662540USA-WA1394Cascade Range 
7.Mount Washington561917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians2002-09-27
8.Mount Adams513742USA-WA2474Cascade Range 
9.Mount Shuksan472783USA-WA1344Cascade Range 
10.Denali466190USA-AK6140Alaska Range 
11.Longs Peak404345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains1984-08-28
12.Granite Peak373901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies1984-08-09
12.Glacier Peak373206USA-WA2285Cascade Range 
14.Silver Peak361708USA-WA648Cascade Range2016-08-13
15.Mont Blanc354810France/Italy4697Western Alps 
15.McClellan Butte351573USA-WA440Cascade Range 
17.Mount Stuart332870USA-WA1632Cascade Range 
18.Aconcagua326962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes 
19.Mount Elbert314399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1984-09-04
19.Mount San Antonio313068USA-CA1897Central and Southern California Ranges1975-08-09
21.Wheeler Peak294011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains1984-06-08
22.Mount Si281274USA-WA79Cascade Range 
23.Volcán Cotopaxi275897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes 
23.San Jacinto Peak273304USA-CA2536Central and Southern California Ranges1971-06-26
25.Mount Washington261907USA-WA797Northwest 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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