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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

Showing Dave Covill's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (17 out of 25, or 68%)

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Mount Washington491917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians1966-07-01
2.Mount Elbert294399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1981-06-19
3.Wheeler Peak284011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains1981-10-16
4.Longs Peak384345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains1985-09-10
5.Quandary Peak244348USA-CO337Southern Rocky Mountains1989-08-01
6.Mount Whitney664418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada1997-07-18
7.Granite Peak323901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies2002-08-05
8.Mount Hood913426USA-OR2349Cascade Range2003-06-22
9.Mount San Antonio253068USA-CA1897Central and Southern California Ranges2004-05-01
10.Mount Rainier2244392USA-WA4026Cascade Range2004-07-21
11.Pico de Orizaba255636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica2009-01-05
12.Mount Shasta984317USA-CA2975Cascade Range2011-06-25
13.Denali446190USA-AK6140Alaska Range2012-06-29
14.Mont Blanc314810France/Italy4697Western Alps2014-06-23
15.Mount Baker763286USA-WA2686Cascade Range2014-07-06
16.Mount Shuksan442783USA-WA1344Cascade Range2014-07-08
17.Mount Adams443742USA-WA2474Cascade Range2015-07-04
 Aconcagua316962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes 
 Volcán Cotopaxi275897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes 
 Glacier Peak343206USA-WA2285Cascade Range 
 Mount Stuart292870USA-WA1632Cascade Range 
 Mount Saint Helens562540USA-WA1394Cascade Range 
 Silver Peak331708USA-WA648Cascade Range 
 McClellan Butte291573USA-WA440Cascade Range 
 Mount Si281274USA-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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