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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

Showing Dave Covill's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (19 out of 25, or 76%)

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Mount Washington611917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians1966-07-01
2.Mount Elbert334399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1981-06-19
3.Wheeler Peak334011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains1981-10-16
4.Longs Peak414345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains1985-09-10
5.Mount Whitney774419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada1997-07-18
6.Granite Peak383901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies2002-08-05
7.Mount Hood1193426USA-OR2349Cascade Range2003-06-22
8.Mount San Antonio333068USA-CA1897Central and Southern California Ranges2004-05-01
9.San Jacinto Peak293304USA-CA2536Central and Southern California Ranges2004-05-10
10.Mount Rainier2954392USA-WA4026Cascade Range2004-07-21
11.Pico de Orizaba305636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica2009-01-05
12.Mount Shasta1324317USA-CA2975Cascade Range2011-06-25
13.Denali496190USA-AK6140Alaska Range2012-06-29
14.Mont Blanc374810France/Italy4697Western Alps2014-06-23
15.Mount Baker953286USA-WA2686Cascade Range2014-07-06
16.Mount Shuksan532783USA-WA1344Cascade Range2014-07-08
17.Mount Adams633742USA-WA2474Cascade Range2015-07-04
18.Mount Jefferson293199USA-OR1761Cascade Range2016-07-16
19.Glacier Peak403206USA-WA2285Cascade Range2017-08-11
 Aconcagua346962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes 
 Mount Stuart362870USA-WA1632Cascade Range 
 Mount Saint Helens822540USA-WA1394Cascade Range 
 Silver Peak411708USA-WA648Cascade Range 
 McClellan Butte381573USA-WA440Cascade Range 
 Mount Si401274USA-WA79Cascade Range 

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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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