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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)
1.Mount Rainier2394392USA-WA4026Cascade Range
2.Mount Shasta1054317USA-CA2975Cascade Range
3.Mount Hood953426USA-OR2349Cascade Range
4.Mount Baker813286USA-WA2686Cascade Range
5.Mount Whitney684419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada
6.Mount Saint Helens612540USA-WA1394Cascade Range
7.Mount Washington511917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians
8.Mount Adams483742USA-WA2474Cascade Range
9.Denali466190USA-AK6140Alaska Range
10.Mount Shuksan452783USA-WA1344Cascade Range
11.Longs Peak384345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains
12.Granite Peak373901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies
12.Glacier Peak373206USA-WA2285Cascade Range
14.Silver Peak361708USA-WA648Cascade Range
15.Mont Blanc334810France/Italy4697Western Alps
16.Mount Stuart322870USA-WA1632Cascade Range
17.Aconcagua316962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes
17.Mount Elbert314399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains
17.McClellan Butte311573USA-WA440Cascade Range
17.Mount Si311274USA-WA79Cascade Range
21.Wheeler Peak284011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains
22.Volcán Cotopaxi275897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes
23.Pico de Orizaba265636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica
23.Mount Washington261907USA-WA797Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges
25.North Sister253074USA-OR831Cascade Range

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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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