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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)
1.Mount Rainier1644392USA-WA4026Cascade Range
2.Mount Shasta714317USA-CA2976Cascade Range
3.Mount Hood693426USA-OR2349Cascade Range
4.Mount Baker563286USA-WA2686Cascade Range
5.Mount Whitney524418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada
6.Mount Saint Helens462540USA-WA1394Cascade Range
7.Mount Washington431917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians
8.Mount Adams353742USA-WA2474Cascade Range
9.Mount Shuksan342783USA-WA1344Cascade Range
10.Mount McKinley316194USA-AK6144Alaska Range
11.Longs Peak294345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains
12.Aconcagua266962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes
12.McClellan Butte261573USA-WA439Cascade Range
14.Silver Peak251708USA-WA647Cascade Range
15.Mont Blanc244810France/Italy4697Western Alps
16.Granite Peak233901USA-MT1450Greater Yellowstone Rockies
17.Mount Elbert224399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains
17.Quandary Peak224348USA-CO337Southern Rocky Mountains
19.Volcán Cotopaxi215897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes
19.Wheeler Peak214011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains
21.North Sister203074USA-OR831Cascade Range
21.Mount Washington201907USA-WA798Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges
21.Katahdin201606USA-ME1307Northern U.S. Appalachians
24.Mount Stuart192870USA-WA1632Cascade Range
25.Snoqualmie Mountain181914USA-WA305Cascade 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 Peakbagger.com 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 Peakbagger.com 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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