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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

Showing Bob Bolton's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (18 out of 25, or 72%)

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Mount Whitney784419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada1965-09-05
2.Mount Hood1183426USA-OR2349Cascade Range1967-04-16
3.Mount Rainier2914392USA-WA4026Cascade Range1967-07-09
4.Mount Adams613742USA-WA2474Cascade Range1977-10-09 b
5.Mount Baker943286USA-WA2686Cascade Range1984-06-10
6.Mount Saint Helens792540USA-WA1394Cascade Range1987-05-03
7.Mount Stuart352870USA-WA1632Cascade Range1990-09-02
8.Glacier Peak403206USA-WA2285Cascade Range1994-07-10
9.Mount Elbert334399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1994-09-09
10.Mount Shuksan522783USA-WA1344Cascade Range1997-06-08
11.San Jacinto Peak283304USA-CA2536Central and Southern California Ranges2002-04-30
12.Granite Peak383901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies2002-09-01
13.Mount Jefferson293199USA-OR1761Cascade Range2003-08-17
14.Mount Shasta1324317USA-CA2975Cascade Range2004-07-03
15.Mount San Antonio333068USA-CA1897Central and Southern California Ranges2005-05-27
16.Mount Washington621917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians2005-09-03
17.Wheeler Peak324011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains2005-09-18
18.Silver Peak411708USA-WA648Cascade Range2008-07-12
 Aconcagua336962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes 
 Denali486190USA-AK6140Alaska Range 
 Pico de Orizaba295636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica 
 Mont Blanc364810France/Italy4697Western Alps 
 Longs Peak414345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains 
 McClellan Butte381573USA-WA440Cascade Range 
 Mount Si411274USA-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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