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Unsuccessful Ascent List for John Starbuck

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 John Starbuck'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
1991-05-20TRDenali2031019685 USA-AK201461993-05-202 Years, 0 Days Later
1992-01TRMount Speke1604315092 Uganda2395 
1993-12-25 Volcán Altar1745115092 Ecuador6798 
1994-08-06TRPourquoi-Pas Peak X62345249 Greenland328 
1995-08-04TRWaxenstein-East Peak101718858 Greenland938 
1998-06-18TRPeak 257084328120 Greenland12141998-06-202 Days Later
2001-01-18TRVolcán Cayambe1899616076 Ecuador6808 
2001-01-22TRVolcán Cotopaxi1934715748 Ecuador78871993-12-31Already Climbed
2002-06-23TRNeils Holgersen Nunatakker Peak 7 West75466890 Greenland951 
2002-07-09TRGronau Nunatakker High Point92758530 Greenland1371 
2002-08-11TRCerro Anococha1738817060 Peru  
2002-08-18TRPalomani Tranca1842216404 Peru509 
2002-08-19TRPalomani Tranca18422164042Peru509 
2002-08-20TRPalomani Cunca1837318209 Peru  
2004-03-20TRGunnbjørn Fjeld1211811155 Greenland121181998-05-27Already Climbed
2006-03-09TRGunnbjørn Fjeld1211810991 Greenland121181998-05-27Already Climbed
2010-01-23TROjos del Salado2261516191 Chile/Argentina12090 

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