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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier2224392USA-WA4026Cascade Range 
2.Mount Shasta974317USA-CA2975Cascade Range 
3.Mount Hood873426USA-OR2349Cascade Range 
4.Mount Baker763286USA-WA2686Cascade Range 
5.Mount Whitney664418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada 
6.Mount Saint Helens562540USA-WA1394Cascade Range 
7.Mount Washington491917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians 
8.Denali446190USA-AK6140Alaska Range 
8.Mount Adams443742USA-WA2474Cascade Range 
8.Mount Shuksan442783USA-WA1344Cascade Range 
11.Longs Peak384345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains 
12.Silver Peak331708USA-WA648Cascade Range 
13.Granite Peak323901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
13.Glacier Peak323206USA-WA2285Cascade Range 
15.Aconcagua316962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes 
15.Mont Blanc314810France/Italy4697Western Alps 
17.Mount Elbert294399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains 
17.Mount Stuart292870USA-WA1632Cascade Range 
17.McClellan Butte291573USA-WA440Cascade Range 
20.Volcán Cotopaxi285897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes 
20.Wheeler Peak284011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains 
20.Mount Si281274USA-WA79Cascade Range 
23.Pico de Orizaba255636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica 
23.Mount San Antonio253068USA-CA1897Central and Southern California Ranges 
25.Quandary Peak244348USA-CO337Southern Rocky Mountains 

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List Description

This list, like all the other "Usage" lists, will change over time as ascents are entered into the Peakbagger.com 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 Peakbagger.com 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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