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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)
1.Mount Rainier1984392USA-WA4026Cascade Range
2.Mount Shasta864317USA-CA2976Cascade Range
3.Mount Hood783426USA-OR2349Cascade Range
4.Mount Baker653286USA-WA2686Cascade Range
5.Mount Whitney584418USA-CA3071Sierra Nevada
6.Mount Saint Helens542540USA-WA1394Cascade Range
7.Mount Washington461917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians
8.Mount Adams393742USA-WA2474Cascade Range
8.Mount Shuksan392783USA-WA1344Cascade Range
10.Longs Peak364345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains
11.Mount McKinley356194USA-AK6144Alaska Range
12.Granite Peak313901USA-MT1450Greater Yellowstone Rockies
13.Silver Peak291708USA-WA647Cascade Range
14.Aconcagua286962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes
14.McClellan Butte281573USA-WA439Cascade Range
16.Volcán Cotopaxi265897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes
16.Mont Blanc264810France/Italy4697Western Alps
16.Wheeler Peak264011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains
19.Quandary Peak244348USA-CO337Southern Rocky Mountains
19.Mount Stuart242870USA-WA1632Cascade Range
19.Mount Si241270USA-WA75Cascade Range
22.Mount Elbert234399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains
23.North Sister223074USA-OR831Cascade Range
23.Katahdin221606USA-ME1307Northern U.S. Appalachians
25.Mount Washington211907USA-WA798Northwest U.S. Coast 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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