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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-mReached-mAttemptLocationProm-mSuccess DateTime Elapsed
1984-08 a3 Mount Rainier43923536 USA-WA40261986-07 a81 Year, 334 Days Later
1989-01 5a Mount Kenya51995029 Kenya3825 
1989-10 a2 Handies Peak-ESE Peak42053840 USA-CO1451989-10 b1Same Day
1990-08 a3 Mount Humphreys42633962 USA-CA7811996-07 b35 Years, 335 Days Later
1992-08 a4 Mount Humphreys426340232USA-CA7811996-07 b33 Years, 335 Days Later
1992-08 a5 Norman Clyde Peak42233780 USA-CA832007-08-1915 Years, 18 Days Later
1993-06 c2 Mount Shuksan27832134 USA-WA1344 
1995-11 c7 Tsaile Butte27822713 USA-AZ2771996-05 a1182 Days Later
1995-12 a5 Tsaile Butte278227132USA-AZ2771996-05 a1152 Days Later
1997-07 a2 Black Kaweah41703719 USA-CA1592008-08-1611 Years, 46 Days Later
1999-07-07 North Gardner Mountain27302408 USA-WA12181999-08-1034 Days Later
1999-12-17 Volcán Chimborazo62675182 Ecuador41221999-12-225 Days Later
2001-08-08 Mount Olympus24292316 USA-WA23892002-08-171 Year, 9 Days Later
2003-03-15 Volcán Santa María37723170 Guatemala1054 
2003-07-20 Bonanza Peak28992682 USA-WA11312004-07-17363 Days Later
2004-09-06 Gora Belukha45063353 Kazakhstan/Russia3343 
2006-08-01 Bear Creek Spire41824145 USA-CA4392008-08-122 Years, 11 Days Later
2007-06-26 Gunung Raung33323183 Indonesia3069 
2007-09-25 Mount Sopris39483566 USA-CO4372008-09-281 Year, 3 Days Later
2008-09-29 Granite Peak29202469 USA-UT30 
2008-12-23 Hat Mountain870838 USA-AZ273 
2010-02-20 Mount Stanley51094542 Congo DRC/Uganda3951 
2010-07-24 Mount Warren41823962 USA-WY293 



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