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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Joe Lavelle

No one can call themselves an experienced mountaineer unless they have turned back unsuccessfully from some of their summit attempts. Climbing is a game of knowing when to press on and when to bail, and these choices can mean the difference between great success and needless death. It is a misnomer, of course, to call any trip into the mountains “unsuccessful” —these attempts are often richer experiences with far more opportunities for learning and growth.

The following table shows all of Joe Lavelle's unsuccessful attempts. If the peak was climbed later, then the successful ascent date is noted, and how much time elapsed since the attempt. The “Attempt” column will be 2, 3, or other higher numbers for peaks that have been unsuccessfully attempted more than once. Unsuccessful attempts of peaks that have already been climbed are also shown.

Ascent DateTrip ReportPeak or PointElev-ftReached-ftAttemptLocationProm-ftSuccess DateTime Elapsed
1993-02 Volcán Chimborazo2056119000 Ecuador13524 
1999-05-01TRMount Yale1419613000 USA-CO18762000-07-081 Year, 68 Days Later
1999-12-12 Hallett Peak1271311000 USA-CO7131997-04-19Already Climbed
2002-04-20TRLongs Peak1425513400 USA-CO29401995-07-03Already Climbed
2002-10-12TRFrench Mountain1394013500 USA-CO10602005-06-192 Years, 250 Days Later

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