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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)
1.Mount Rainier2914392USA-WA4026Cascade Range
2.Mount Shasta1324317USA-CA2975Cascade Range
3.Mount Hood1183426USA-OR2349Cascade Range
4.Mount Baker943286USA-WA2686Cascade Range
5.Mount Saint Helens792540USA-WA1394Cascade Range
6.Mount Whitney784419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada
7.Mount Washington621917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians
8.Mount Adams613742USA-WA2474Cascade Range
9.Mount Shuksan522783USA-WA1344Cascade Range
10.Denali486190USA-AK6140Alaska Range
11.Longs Peak414345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains
11.Silver Peak411708USA-WA648Cascade Range
11.Mount Si411274USA-WA79Cascade Range
14.Glacier Peak403206USA-WA2285Cascade Range
15.Granite Peak383901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies
15.McClellan Butte381573USA-WA440Cascade Range
17.Mont Blanc364810France/Italy4697Western Alps
18.Mount Stuart352870USA-WA1632Cascade Range
19.Aconcagua336962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes
19.Mount Elbert334399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains
19.Mount San Antonio333068USA-CA1897Central and Southern California Ranges
22.Wheeler Peak324011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains
23.Pico de Orizaba295636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica
23.Mount Jefferson293199USA-OR1761Cascade Range
25.San Jacinto Peak283304USA-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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