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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

Showing Bob Packard's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (20 out of 25, or 80%)

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Katahdin211606USA-ME1307Northern U.S. Appalachians1958-06
2.Mount Washington441917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians1961-07
3.Mount Shasta764317USA-CA2976Cascade Range1973-06 a7
4.Mount Hood733426USA-OR2349Cascade Range1973-07
5.Wheeler Peak254011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains1974-06 a1
6.Mount Elbert234399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1977-08 a2
7.Pico de Orizaba205636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica1978-12 a3
8.Quandary Peak244348USA-CO337Southern Rocky Mountains1979-08 a1
9.Mount Whitney564418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada1982-07 a5
10.Longs Peak324345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains1982-08 a7
11.Granite Peak243901USA-MT1450Greater Yellowstone Rockies1983-08 a2
12.Mount Baker563286USA-WA2686Cascade Range1984-08 a4
13.Mount Adams363742USA-WA2474Cascade Range1984-08 a8
14.Mount Rainier1754392USA-WA4026Cascade Range1986-07 a8
15.Mount Saint Helens512540USA-WA1394Cascade Range1988-07 b2
16.Mount McKinley336194USA-AK6144Alaska Range1990-06 a1
17.Mont Blanc244810France/Italy4697Western Alps1991-07 a6
18.Aconcagua266962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes1992-01
19.Volcán Cotopaxi225897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes1999-12-14
20.Mount Stuart232870USA-WA1632Cascade Range2002-08-28
 Mount Shuksan362783USA-WA1344Cascade Range 
 Mount Washington211907USA-WA798Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges 
 Silver Peak271708USA-WA647Cascade Range 
 McClellan Butte271573USA-WA439Cascade Range 
 Mount Si221270USA-WA75Cascade 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 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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