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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

Showing Dennis Poulin'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 Rainier2314392USA-WA4026Cascade Range2004-06-15
2.Mount Shasta1054317USA-CA2975Cascade Range1999-09-11
3.Mount Hood933426USA-OR2349Cascade Range2003-06-14
4.Mount Baker803286USA-WA2686Cascade Range2010-07-16
5.Mount Whitney674418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada2003-07-12
6.Mount Saint Helens592540USA-WA1394Cascade Range2011-07-04
7.Mount Washington501917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians2010-10-11
8.Denali466190USA-AK6140Alaska Range2007-06-12
9.Mount Adams453742USA-WA2474Cascade Range2004-08-20
9.Mount Shuksan452783USA-WA1344Cascade Range 
11.Longs Peak384345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains 
12.Glacier Peak363206USA-WA2285Cascade Range2012-09-07
13.Granite Peak353901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies2008-07-14
14.Silver Peak331708USA-WA648Cascade Range2009-08-12 b
15.Mont Blanc324810France/Italy4697Western Alps 
15.Mount Stuart322870USA-WA1632Cascade Range2013-07-20
17.Aconcagua316962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes 
18.Mount Elbert304399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains2008-09-23
18.McClellan Butte301573USA-WA440Cascade Range 
18.Mount Si301274USA-WA79Cascade Range 
21.Wheeler Peak284011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains2008-09-29
22.Volcán Cotopaxi275897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes 
23.Pico de Orizaba265636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica 
24.San Jacinto Peak253304USA-CA2536Central and Southern California Ranges2005-02-03
24.North Sister253074USA-OR831Cascade Range2005-06-26

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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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