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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)
1.Mount Rainier1414392USA-WA4026Cascade Range
2.Mount Hood663426USA-OR2349Cascade Range
3.Mount Shasta584317USA-CA2976Cascade Range
4.Mount Whitney484418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada
5.Mount Baker443286USA-WA2686Cascade Range
6.Mount Saint Helens392540USA-WA1394Cascade Range
7.Mount Washington371917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians
8.Mount Shuksan332783USA-WA1344Cascade Range
9.Mount Adams323742USA-WA2474Cascade Range
10.Mount McKinley316194USA-AK6144Alaska Range
11.Longs Peak284345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains
12.McClellan Butte251573USA-WA439Cascade Range
13.Aconcagua246962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes
14.Mont Blanc234810France/Italy4697Western Alps
15.Volcán Cotopaxi225897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes
16.Quandary Peak214348USA-CO337Southern Rocky Mountains
16.Silver Peak211708USA-WA647Cascade Range
18.Wheeler Peak204011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains
18.Granite Peak203901USA-MT1450Greater Yellowstone Rockies
20.Mount Elbert194399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains
21.Pico de Orizaba185636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica
21.Snoqualmie Mountain181914USA-WA305Cascade Range
23.Matterhorn174478Italy/Switz1027Southern Alps
24.North Sister163074USA-OR831Cascade Range
24.Katahdin161606USA-ME1307Northern U.S. Appalachians

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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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