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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Jim Retemeyer

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 Jim Retemeyer'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
1995-08-08 Granite Peak39013048 USA-MT14512012-08-0716 Years, 365 Days Later
1996-08-10 Mount Shasta43174145 USA-CA29751995-09-03Already Climbed
1997-11-27 Mount Saint Helens25401585 USA-WA13941998-09-06283 Days Later
1999-07-06 Mount Muir42714270 USA-CA912008-07-018 Years, 361 Days Later
2000-03-25 Hawkins Peak817808 USA-CA268 
2001-08-25 Unicorn Peak32993295 USA-CA31 
2003-07-26 Little Blue Ridge951884 USA-CA2072007-01-273 Years, 185 Days Later
2004-07-02 Mount Saint Paul21291859 Canada-BC824 
2004-10-31 Peak 640019511890 USA-CA49 
2005-04-16 Hawkins Peak8178082USA-CA268 
2005-06-14 Iao Needle686455 USA-HI52 
2005-12-19 South Mountain823809 USA-AZ460 
2006-01-28 Bishop Peak471471 USA-CA331 
2006-06-06 Zugspitze29622962 Germany/Austria1746 
2006-06-17 Gunung Tangkuban Perahu18501850 Indonesia  
2006-06-28 Bromo-South Crater25812575 Indonesia310 
2006-07-04 Gunung Agung30312987 Indonesia3031 
2007-12-30 Bald Mountain671608 USA-CA492008-02-1042 Days Later
2008-01-13 Bald Hill538525 USA-CA382010-02-132 Years, 31 Days Later
2008-01-13 Bear Mountain882869 USA-CA5222018-06-21 b10 Years, 159 Days Later
2008-07-21 Granite Peak390131702USA-MT14512012-08-074 Years, 17 Days Later
2009-01-09 Chiricahua Peak29752975 USA-AZ15662012-06-01 b3 Years, 144 Days Later
2009-05-12 Fremont Peak12801204 USA-CA2772010-12-301 Year, 232 Days Later
2009-07-11 Half Dome26942479 USA-CA4151989-08-19Already Climbed
2010-04-09 Castro Peak861703 USA-CA316 
2011-02-08 Pinoche Peak1757781 USA-CA1872012-03-101 Year, 31 Days Later
2011-03-08 Kirby Peak16611327 USA-CA302014-01-21 d2 Years, 319 Days Later
2011-03-29 Trumbull Peak1525734 USA-CA1542012-06-29 c1 Year, 92 Days Later
2011-06-06 Mount Waitsfield511383 USA-VT29 
2012-01-05 Cerro de las Posas408291 USA-CA492012-01-061 Day Later
2012-02-25 East San Bruno Mountain317347 USA-CA 2013-01-15 a325 Days Later
2012-02-26 Irish Ridge300213 USA-CA105 
2012-03-13 Bald Mountain977902 USA-CA78 
2012-08-01 Castle Rock34913307 USA-CO1262015-07-292 Years, 362 Days Later
2012-09-22 b Richards Butte461370 USA-OR242 
2012-09-25 a Lafayette Square115107 USA-CA402013-07-23 b301 Days Later
2013-05-25 b Buck Rock Lookout25912585 USA-CA2502013-05-26 a1 Day Later
2013-06-08 Elephant Rock22632252 USA-CA442015-05-281 Year, 354 Days Later
2014-06-06 aTRCalaveras Big Trees State Park High Point17141695 USA-CA 2014-08-10 a65 Days Later
2014-06-15 War Hill12841250 USA-CA 2008-04-12Already Climbed
2014-07-29TRMount Nebo36363231 USA-UT16732014-07-301 Day Later
2014-08-31 South Yuba River State Park Highpoint11511189 USA-CA 2017-08-16 c2 Years, 350 Days Later
2015-01-30 Halleck Hill681469 USA-CA133 
2015-04-25 a Ascension Mountain16041356 USA-CA1532016-05-291 Year, 34 Days Later
2015-04-30 Halleck Hill6814722USA-CA133 
2015-05-21TRWheeler Peak27362594 USA-CA 2015-06-04 b14 Days Later
2015-05-21TRHenry Peak28452543 USA-CA1262017-08-22 b2 Years, 93 Days Later
2016-02-19 Dragoon Gulch Peak North730681 USA-CA 2015-11-20Already Climbed
2016-08-05 Beard Benchmark288268 USA-IN17 
2017-08-07 aTRClear Lake State Park Highpoint640607 USA-CA  
2017-10-22 bTRTomales Bay State Park High Point387189 USA-CA02017-12-09 b48 Days Later
2018-06-12 vTRBarberry Hill340305 USA-TX  

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