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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

Showing Rick Peterson's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (12 out of 25, or 48%)

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Mount Adams413742USA-WA2474Cascade Range1980-08
2.Mount Hood813426USA-OR2349Cascade Range1982-06
3.Mount Rainier2104392USA-WA4026Cascade Range1982-09
4.Mount Shasta894317USA-CA2975Cascade Range1986-05
5.Mount Whitney644418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada1986-07
6.Glacier Peak263206USA-WA2285Cascade Range1991-08
7.Mount Baker743286USA-WA2686Cascade Range1997-08
7.Mount Shuksan402783USA-WA1344Cascade Range1997-08
9.Granite Peak323901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies2000-08
10.Denali446190USA-AK6140Alaska Range2001-06
11.Mount San Antonio253068USA-CA1897Central and Southern California Ranges2005-06
12.Volcán Cotopaxi275897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes2013-08-12
 Aconcagua306962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes 
 Mont Blanc294810France/Italy4697Western Alps 
 Mount Elbert284399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains 
 Quandary Peak244348USA-CO337Southern Rocky Mountains 
 Longs Peak384345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains 
 Wheeler Peak274011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains 
 Mount Stuart282870USA-WA1632Cascade Range 
 Mount Saint Helens562540USA-WA1394Cascade Range 
 Mount Washington481917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 Silver Peak321708USA-WA648Cascade Range 
 Katahdin241606USA-ME1307Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 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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