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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)
1.Mount Rainier2564392USA-WA4026Cascade Range
2.Mount Shasta1224317USA-CA2975Cascade Range
3.Mount Hood1173426USA-OR2349Cascade Range
4.Mount Baker883286USA-WA2686Cascade Range
5.Mount Whitney764419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada
6.Mount Saint Helens752540USA-WA1394Cascade Range
7.Mount Washington601917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians
8.Mount Adams563742USA-WA2474Cascade Range
9.Mount Shuksan492783USA-WA1344Cascade Range
10.Denali466190USA-AK6140Alaska Range
11.Longs Peak414345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains
12.Silver Peak391708USA-WA648Cascade Range
13.Granite Peak383901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies
14.Glacier Peak373206USA-WA2285Cascade Range
15.McClellan Butte361573USA-WA440Cascade Range
16.Mont Blanc354810France/Italy4697Western Alps
16.Mount Stuart352870USA-WA1632Cascade Range
18.Mount Si341274USA-WA79Cascade Range
19.Aconcagua326962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes
19.Mount Elbert324399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains
21.Mount San Antonio313068USA-CA1897Central and Southern California Ranges
22.Wheeler Peak294011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains
23.Pico de Orizaba285636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica
24.Volcán Cotopaxi275897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes
24.San Jacinto Peak273304USA-CA2536Central and Southern California Ranges

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List Description

This list, like all the other "Usage" lists, will change over time as ascents are entered into the database. This list is automatically recalculated once a day, so a completion of all these peaks is a moving target that may be frustrating for a climber.

The "Ascents" column above show the total number of unsuccessful attempts on a peak logged in the database. Multiple failed attempts by one climber are all counted. However, note that many registered site users do not log their unsuccessful ascents, so this list is not very robust statistically. However, it does give a somewhat interesting picture of some worldwide summit that are perhaps among the most difficult to ascend.

A personal note--I have long maintained that there should be no shame or stigma in an unsuccessful attempt. They are excellent learning experiences and a sign of wise maturity in the mountains. Never climb with someone who has never turned back! And don't be afraid to log your trips where the summit was just not in the cards.


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