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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Don Raether

No one can call themselves an experienced mountaineer unless they have turned back unsuccessfully from some of their summit attempts. Climbing is a game of knowing when to press on and when to bail, and these choices can mean the difference between great success and needless death. It is a misnomer, of course, to call any trip into the mountains “unsuccessful” —these attempts are often richer experiences with far more opportunities for learning and growth.

The following table shows all of Don Raether's unsuccessful attempts. If the peak was climbed later, then the successful ascent date is noted, and how much time elapsed since the attempt. The “Attempt” column will be 2, 3, or other higher numbers for peaks that have been unsuccessfully attempted more than once. Unsuccessful attempts of peaks that have already been climbed are also shown.

Ascent DateTrip ReportPeak or PointElev-ftReached-ftAttemptLocationProm-ftSuccess DateTime Elapsed
1977-02-15TRPico de Orizaba1849117500 Mexico-Pue/Ver16148 
1978-02-06TRPico de Orizaba18491180002Mexico-Pue/Ver16148 
2011-03-31TRSheep Hole Mountains High Point46134530 USA-CA22182011-11-12226 Days Later
2011-11-01TRFive Fingers51745100 USA-CA734 
2013-02-01 Old Woman Mountain53254200 USA-CA27332013-02-2726 Days Later
2016-01-22 Bat Mountain49503775 USA-CA1870 



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