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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakCount Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)
1.Mount Rainier4284392USA-WA4037Cascade Range
2.Mount Shasta1754317USA-CA2975Cascade Range
3.Mount Hood1723426USA-OR2349Cascade Range
4.Mount Baker1523286USA-WA2686Cascade Range
5.Mount Saint Helens1232540USA-WA1394Cascade Range
6.Mount Whitney1184419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada
7.Mount Adams1033742USA-WA2474Cascade Range
8.Mount Shuksan942783USA-WA1344Cascade Range
9.Mount Washington851917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians
10.Denali716190USA-AK6140Alaska Range
11.McClellan Butte621573USA-WA440Cascade Range
12.Glacier Peak613206USA-WA2285Cascade Range
12.Mount Si611274USA-WA79Cascade Range
14.Silver Peak591708USA-WA648Cascade Range
15.Longs Peak584345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains
15.Mount Stuart582870USA-WA1632Cascade Range
17.Aconcagua496962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes
17.Granite Peak493901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies
19.Mont Blanc474810France/Italy4697Western Alps
20.Pico de Orizaba445636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica
20.Guye Peak441575USA-WA161Cascade Range
22.Mount Elbert434399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains
22.Sahale Peak432646USA-WA24Cascade Range
24.San Jacinto Peak423304USA-CA2536Central and Southern California Ranges
24.Mount Jefferson423199USA-OR1761Cascade 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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