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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscentsB Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.Mount Washington791917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians4205
2.Mount Whitney1084419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada2745
3.Mount Si591274USA-WA79Cascade Range2185
4.Mount Rainier3834392USA-WA4037Cascade Range2089
5.San Jacinto Peak393304USA-CA2536Central and Southern California Ranges1946
6.Mount Saint Helens1082540USA-WA1394Cascade Range1835
7.Mount Adams863742USA-WA2474Cascade Range1597
8.Mount Hood1623426USA-OR2349Cascade Range1530
9.Mount Elbert434399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1466
10.Mount Baker1303286USA-WA2686Cascade Range1339
11.Mount Shasta1674317USA-CA2975Cascade Range1161
12.Longs Peak544345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains722
13.Silver Peak531708USA-WA648Cascade Range682
14.Guye Peak401575USA-WA161Cascade Range625
15.Glacier Peak533206USA-WA2285Cascade Range607
16.McClellan Butte561573USA-WA440Cascade Range602
17.Mount Stuart482870USA-WA1632Cascade Range584
18.Sahale Peak372646USA-WA24Cascade Range556
19.Mount Shuksan842783USA-WA1344Cascade Range537
20.Pico de Orizaba425636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica311
21.Mont Blanc424810France/Italy4697Western Alps284
22.Granite Peak453901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies275
23.Denali666190USA-AK6140Alaska Range221
24.Aconcagua466962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes193
25.Mount Jefferson393199USA-OR1761Cascade Range174

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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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