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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Steve Dowling

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 Steve Dowling'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
1989-09TRKings Peak1352813000 USA-UT63481990-08-17350 Days Later
1990-08-11TRLa Plata Peak1433613248 USA-CO1816 
1998TREngineer Mountain1296812968 USA-CO1408 
2004-08-29TRHumphreys Peak1263312000 USA-AZ60391978-06Already Climbed
2004-09-03TRMount Whitney1449814100 USA-CA100781976-08-20Already Climbed



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