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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakCount Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)
1.Mount Rainier4684392USA-WA4037Cascade Range
2.Mount Hood1843426USA-OR2349Cascade Range
3.Mount Shasta1804317USA-CA2975Cascade Range
4.Mount Baker1673286USA-WA2686Cascade Range
5.Mount Saint Helens1332540USA-WA1394Cascade Range
6.Mount Whitney1264419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada
7.Mount Adams1123742USA-WA2474Cascade Range
8.Mount Shuksan1042783USA-WA1344Cascade Range
9.Mount Washington881917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians
10.Denali796190USA-AK6140Alaska Range
11.Mount Si681274USA-WA79Cascade Range
12.McClellan Butte671573USA-WA440Cascade Range
13.Glacier Peak643206USA-WA2285Cascade Range
14.Mount Stuart622870USA-WA1632Cascade Range
15.Silver Peak611708USA-WA648Cascade Range
16.Longs Peak604345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains
17.Mont Blanc514810France/Italy4697Western Alps
17.Granite Peak513901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies
19.Aconcagua486962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes
19.Mount Olympus482429USA-WA2389Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges
21.Guye Peak471575USA-WA161Cascade Range
22.Mount Elbert464399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains
22.Sahale Peak462646USA-WA24Cascade Range
24.Pico de Orizaba455636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica
24.Eldorado Peak452703USA-WA667Cascade 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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