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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Vance Boyer

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 Vance Boyer'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
1999 Table Mountain1110610600 USA-WY9462005-046 Years, 90 Days Later
2002 Grand Teton1377011600 USA-WY65302012-09-0610 Years, 249 Days Later
2004 Taylor Mountain74047000 USA-ID6842011-08-037 Years, 214 Days Later
2009-11-21 Battleship Mountain1067910000 USA-WY3592010-07-28249 Days Later
2012-05-26 Donaldson Peak1202310000 USA-ID3032013-05-04343 Days Later
2017-07-09 South Teton1251411000 USA-WY1074 



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