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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Desiree James

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 Desiree James'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
2009-07-04 Mount Washington62884500 USA-NH61482009-08-1542 Days Later
2010-01-09 Mount Liberty44593800 USA-NH3792009-08-30Already Climbed
2010-01-09 Mount Liberty44593800 USA-NH3792009-08-30Already Climbed
2010-02-28 Mount Chocorua34803200 USA-NH12402012-09-162 Years, 201 Days Later
2010-03-20 Mount Madison53664000 USA-NH4662011-08-201 Year, 153 Days Later
2011-05-07 Eagle Cliff34003000 USA-NH400 

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