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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. Appalachians4015
2.Mount Whitney1064419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada2581
3.Mount Si561274USA-WA79Cascade Range2062
4.Mount Rainier3704392USA-WA4037Cascade Range2023
5.Mount Saint Helens1042540USA-WA1394Cascade Range1741
6.Mount Adams853742USA-WA2474Cascade Range1537
7.Mount Hood1583426USA-OR2349Cascade Range1453
8.Mount Elbert424399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1396
9.Mount Baker1243286USA-WA2686Cascade Range1292
10.Mount Shasta1644317USA-CA2975Cascade Range1112
11.Wheeler Peak354011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains770
12.Longs Peak514345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains693
13.Silver Peak471708USA-WA648Cascade Range655
14.Glacier Peak523206USA-WA2285Cascade Range587
15.Guye Peak351575USA-WA161Cascade Range571
16.McClellan Butte531573USA-WA440Cascade Range563
17.Mount Stuart482870USA-WA1632Cascade Range562
18.Sahale Peak362646USA-WA24Cascade Range540
19.Mount Shuksan812783USA-WA1344Cascade Range521
20.Mont Blanc424810France/Italy4697Western Alps268
20.Granite Peak443901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies268
22.Denali596190USA-AK6140Alaska Range212
23.Aconcagua436962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes177
24.Mount Jefferson363199USA-OR1761Cascade Range166
25.Volcán Cotopaxi355897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes149

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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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