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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakCount Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)
1.Mount Rainier5124392USA-WA4037Cascade Range
2.Mount Hood2043426USA-OR2349Cascade Range
3.Mount Shasta2004317USA-CA2975Cascade Range
4.Mount Baker1763286USA-WA2686Cascade Range
5.Mount Saint Helens1472540USA-WA1394Cascade Range
6.Mount Whitney1424419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada
7.Mount Adams1283742USA-WA2474Cascade Range
8.Mount Shuksan1182783USA-WA1344Cascade Range
9.Mount Washington911917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians
10.Denali826190USA-AK6140Alaska Range
11.Mount Si751274USA-WA79Cascade Range
12.McClellan Butte731573USA-WA440Cascade Range
13.Mount Stuart692870USA-WA1632Cascade Range
14.Glacier Peak673206USA-WA2285Cascade Range
15.Longs Peak634345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains
16.Silver Peak621708USA-WA648Cascade Range
17.Aconcagua566962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes
17.Mont Blanc564810France/Italy4697Western Alps
19.Granite Peak533901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies
20.Mount Olympus512429USA-WA2389Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges
20.Guye Peak511575USA-WA161Cascade Range
22.Eldorado Peak502703USA-WA667Cascade Range
23.Volcán Cotopaxi485897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes
23.Mount Elbert484399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains
23.Sahale Peak482646USA-WA24Cascade 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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