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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Adam Helman

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 Adam Helman'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
2007-09-02TRMount Olympus79694300 USA-WA78382009-08-171 Year, 349 Days Later
2008-12-11TRVolcán Cotacachi1607615502 Ecuador5882 
2008-12-17TRVolcán Chimborazo2056116500 Ecuador13524 
2009-08-01TRMount Douglas1128211050 USA-MT16422009-08-021 Day Later
2010-10-12 Big Jay37863400 USA-VT3802011-10-07360 Days Later
2011-01-02TRCerros de Canapa1929817000 Bolivia5174 
2011-01-10TROjos del Salado2261519500 Argentina/Chile12100 
2011-06-02 Mount McKinley2032011000 USA-AK20156 
2011-07-20 Bare Peak Northwest94398116 USA-ID/MT392012-07-201 Year, 0 Days Later
2011-07-27 Round Mountain53203650 USA-WA4780 
2013-06-20TRMount McKinley20320164002USA-AK20156 
2013-08-12 Maroon Peak1415611500 USA-CO2316 
2013-12-29TRVolcán Llaima102537500 Chile59682013-12-312 Days Later
2014-06-22 Morey Peak102468000 USA-NV2566 



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