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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscentsB Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.Mount Washington771917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians4070
2.Mount Whitney1064419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada2611
3.Mount Si561274USA-WA79Cascade Range2079
4.Mount Rainier3714392USA-WA4037Cascade Range2041
5.San Jacinto Peak353304USA-CA2536Central and Southern California Ranges1828
6.Mount Saint Helens1052540USA-WA1394Cascade Range1768
7.Mount Adams853742USA-WA2474Cascade Range1555
8.Mount Hood1583426USA-OR2349Cascade Range1459
9.Mount Elbert434399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1409
10.Mount Baker1253286USA-WA2686Cascade Range1304
11.Mount Shasta1644317USA-CA2975Cascade Range1120
12.Wheeler Peak364011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains780
13.Longs Peak514345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains699
14.Silver Peak471708USA-WA648Cascade Range667
15.Glacier Peak523206USA-WA2285Cascade Range590
16.McClellan Butte551573USA-WA440Cascade Range576
17.Mount Stuart482870USA-WA1632Cascade Range565
18.Sahale Peak362646USA-WA24Cascade Range542
19.Mount Shuksan812783USA-WA1344Cascade Range522
20.Mont Blanc424810France/Italy4697Western Alps271
21.Granite Peak443901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies268
22.Denali606190USA-AK6140Alaska Range215
23.Aconcagua456962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes180
24.Mount Jefferson373199USA-OR1761Cascade Range166
25.Volcán Cotopaxi365897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes152

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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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