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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

Showing Kirk Mallory's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (11 out of 25, or 44%)

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Aconcagua406962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes 
2.Denali576190USA-AK6140Alaska Range 
3.Volcán Cotopaxi315897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes 
4.Mont Blanc384810France/Italy4697Western Alps 
5.Mount Whitney924419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada2001-08-15
6.Mount Elbert354399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1997-09-13
7.Mount Rainier3304392USA-WA4037Cascade Range2007-06-14
8.Longs Peak494345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains1999-09-18
9.Mount Shasta1504317USA-CA2975Cascade Range2000-05-29
10.Wheeler Peak354011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains1998-07-25
11.Granite Peak403901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies2006-08-23
12.Mount Adams733742USA-WA2474Cascade Range 
13.Mount Hood1353426USA-OR2349Cascade Range2011-06-07
14.San Jacinto Peak333304USA-CA2536Central and Southern California Ranges2013-09-04
15.Mount Baker1053286USA-WA2686Cascade Range 
16.Glacier Peak433206USA-WA2285Cascade Range 
17.Mount Jefferson353199USA-OR1761Cascade Range 
18.Mount San Antonio333068USA-CA1897Central and Southern California Ranges2013-09-01
19.Mount Stuart422870USA-WA1632Cascade Range 
20.Mount Shuksan632783USA-WA1344Cascade Range 
21.Mount Saint Helens932540USA-WA1394Cascade Range 
22.Mount Washington731917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians2010-09-20
23.Silver Peak441708USA-WA648Cascade Range 
24.McClellan Butte481573USA-WA440Cascade Range 
25.Mount Si511274USA-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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