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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Emily Cheng

No one can call themselves an experienced mountaineer unless they have turned back unsuccessfully from some of their summit attempts. Climbing is a game of knowing when to press on and when to bail, and these choices can mean the difference between great success and needless death. It is a misnomer, of course, to call any trip into the mountains “unsuccessful” —these attempts are often richer experiences with far more opportunities for learning and growth.

The following table shows all of Emily Cheng's unsuccessful attempts. If the peak was climbed later, then the successful ascent date is noted, and how much time elapsed since the attempt. The “Attempt” column will be 2, 3, or other higher numbers for peaks that have been unsuccessfully attempted more than once. Unsuccessful attempts of peaks that have already been climbed are also shown.

Ascent DateTrip ReportPeak or PointElev-ftReached-ftAttemptLocationProm-ftSuccess DateTime Elapsed
2013-08-04TRBanner Peak1293612000 USA-CA8632015-07-111 Year, 341 Days Later
2013-08-31TRMount Whitney1449813645 USA-CA100782016-04-242 Years, 237 Days Later
2015-01-04TRVolcán Cotopaxi1934717500 Ecuador7887 
2016-03-27 Mount Whitney14498115002USA-CA100782016-04-2428 Days Later
2016-05-22TRMount Shasta1416212000 USA-CA97622016-05-297 Days Later
2016-07-10 Bear Creek Spire137201300 USA-CA14402017-09-031 Year, 55 Days Later
2016-09-13 Disappointment Peak1161811400 USA-WY418 
2016-09-16 Grand Teton1377012200 USA-WY6530 
2017-02-13 Kirkjufell15391400 Iceland1473 
2017-07-03TRCarrauntoohil34092000 Ireland3409 
2017-07-18 Mount Torment81207600 USA-WA200 
2017-07-20 Forbidden Peak88158700 USA-WA1055 
2017-07-21 Eldorado Peak88686800 USA-WA2188 
2018-05-28TRMount Winchell1377513400 USA-CA655 
2018-06-17TRMount Abbot1370413250 USA-CA864 
2018-09-02TRMount Humphreys1398613000 USA-CA25632016-08-06Already Climbed
2018-09-23 Four Gables1272011700 USA-CA280 
2018-10-06TRCloudripper1352513400 USA-CA8452019-11-021 Year, 27 Days Later
2019-01-13 Round Top1038110000 USA-CA2541 
2019-09-01TRStarlight Peak1420012500 USA-CA80 



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