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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Paul Michelson

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 Paul Michelson'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
1983-04-24 Little Tahoma1113811000 USA-WA8181983-08-07105 Days Later
1983-05-22 Sloan Peak78356800 USA-WA38751985-07-272 Years, 66 Days Later
1983-07-10 Mount Rainier1441112500 USA-WA132101983-09-2577 Days Later
1984-05-26 Mount Shasta1416210500 USA-CA9762 
1984-06-09 White Chuck Mountain69896200 USA-WA37891984-07-2849 Days Later
1985-05-11 Hall Peak54845000 USA-WA964 
1985-09-14 Seven Fingered Jack91009000 USA-WA3801993-08-287 Years, 348 Days Later
1986-05-03 Mount Stickney52804800 USA-WA1720 
1986-06-28 Kyes Peak72804400 USA-WA17202004-08-2118 Years, 54 Days Later
1986-07-20 Big Four Mountain61601500 USA-WA10801987-07-14359 Days Later
1987-03-15 Lundin Peak60575500 USA-WA2171988-10-291 Year, 228 Days Later
1988-03-04 McClellan Butte51624400 USA-WA14422003-09-0615 Years, 186 Days Later
1988-05-14 Mount Garfield55193500 USA-WA8391989-05-09360 Days Later
1988-08-25 Mount Torment81207500 USA-WA200 
1988-12-18 Merchant Peak61135500 USA-WA11531997-05-178 Years, 150 Days Later
1988-12-25 McClain Peak51624800 USA-WA9222010-10-1721 Years, 296 Days Later
1989-02-02 Goat Mountain55805000 USA-WA10602005-02-1916 Years, 17 Days Later
1990-04-05 Goat Mountain558048002USA-WA10602005-02-1914 Years, 320 Days Later
1993-01-23 McClellan Butte516250502USA-WA14422003-09-0610 Years, 226 Days Later
1995-07-01 Mount Logan90875500 USA-WA14872003-07-198 Years, 18 Days Later
1998-05-08 Mount Baker107816500 USA-WA88121998-06-1437 Days Later
1999-06-12 Twin Peaks58365500 USA-WA996 
2002-06-15 Mount Rainier1441111200 USA-WA132101983-09-25Already Climbed
2003-04-05 Goat Mountain558048003USA-WA10602005-02-191 Year, 320 Days Later
2005-05-29 Raven Ridge85808000 USA-WA11001988-08-17Already Climbed
2011-06-04 Mount Stone66125400 USA-WA21321991-01-26Already Climbed



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