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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Bob Packard

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 Bob Packard'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
1984-08 a3 Mount Rainier1441111600 USA-WA132101986-07 a81 Year, 334 Days Later
1989-01 5a Mount Kenya1705716500 Kenya12549 
1989-10 a2 Handies Peak-ESE Peak1379512600 USA-CO4751989-10 b1Same Day
1990-08 a3 Mount Humphreys1398613000 USA-CA25631996-07 b35 Years, 335 Days Later
1992-08 a4 Mount Humphreys13986132002USA-CA25631996-07 b33 Years, 335 Days Later
1992-08 a5 Norman Clyde Peak1385512400 USA-CA2722007-08-1915 Years, 18 Days Later
1993-06 c2 Mount Shuksan91317000 USA-WA4411 
1995-11 c7 Tsaile Butte91288900 USA-AZ9091996-05 a1182 Days Later
1995-12 a5 Tsaile Butte912889002USA-AZ9091996-05 a1152 Days Later
1997-07 a2 Black Kaweah1368012200 USA-CA5202008-08-1611 Years, 46 Days Later
1999-07-07 North Gardner Mountain89567900 USA-WA39961999-08-1034 Days Later
1999-12-17 Volcán Chimborazo2056117000 Ecuador135241999-12-225 Days Later
2001-08-08 Mount Olympus79697600 USA-WA78382002-08-171 Year, 9 Days Later
2003-03-15 Volcán Santa María1237510400 Guatemala3458 
2003-07-20 Bonanza Peak95118800 USA-WA37112004-07-17363 Days Later
2004-09-06 Gora Belukha1478311000 Kazakhstan/Russia10967 
2006-08-01 Bear Creek Spire1372013600 USA-CA14402008-08-122 Years, 11 Days Later
2007-06-26 Gunung Raung1093210442 Indonesia10069 
2007-09-25 Mount Sopris1295311700 USA-CO14332008-09-281 Year, 3 Days Later
2008-09-29 Granite Peak95808100 USA-UT100 
2008-12-23 Hat Mountain28542750 USA-AZ894 
2010-02-20 Mount Stanley1676214900 Congo DRC/Uganda12963 
2010-07-24 Mount Warren1372213000 USA-WY962 



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