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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Rickey Shortt

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 Rickey Shortt'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
1992-02-15 Beartown Mountain46894200 USA-VA15282008-05-1016 Years, 85 Days Later
1997-07-15TRMount Yale1419614100 USA-CO1876 
1998-10-10 Mount Porte Crayon47704680 USA-WV15702012-08-1113 Years, 306 Days Later
2009-06-27 Gose Knob40844080 USA-VA5242019-03-239 Years, 269 Days Later
2018-12-07 Gose Knob408440802USA-VA5242019-03-23106 Days Later

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 = Peaks successfully climbed after unsuccessful attempt   = Unclimbed peaks  (Note: Unsuccessful attempts on previously climbed peaks are not shown)

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