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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscents Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)
1.Mount Rainier3314392USA-WA4037Cascade Range
2.Mount Shasta1504317USA-CA2975Cascade Range
3.Mount Hood1393426USA-OR2349Cascade Range
4.Mount Baker1053286USA-WA2686Cascade Range
5.Mount Saint Helens932540USA-WA1394Cascade Range
6.Mount Whitney924419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada
7.Mount Washington741917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians
8.Mount Adams733742USA-WA2474Cascade Range
9.Mount Shuksan632783USA-WA1344Cascade Range
10.Denali576190USA-AK6140Alaska Range
11.Mount Si531274USA-WA79Cascade Range
12.Longs Peak494345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains
13.McClellan Butte481573USA-WA440Cascade Range
14.Silver Peak441708USA-WA648Cascade Range
15.Glacier Peak433206USA-WA2285Cascade Range
15.Mount Stuart432870USA-WA1632Cascade Range
17.Granite Peak413901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies
18.Aconcagua406962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes
19.Mont Blanc384810France/Italy4697Western Alps
20.Mount Elbert354399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains
20.Wheeler Peak354011USA-NM1039Southern Rocky Mountains
20.Mount Jefferson353199USA-OR1761Cascade Range
23.Pico de Orizaba335636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica
23.San Jacinto Peak333304USA-CA2536Central and Southern California Ranges
23.Mount San Antonio333068USA-CA1897Central and Southern California Ranges

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List Description

This list, like all the other "Usage" lists, will change over time as ascents are entered into the database. This list is automatically recalculated once a day, so a completion of all these peaks is a moving target that may be frustrating for a climber.

The "Ascents" column above show the total number of unsuccessful attempts on a peak logged in the database. Multiple failed attempts by one climber are all counted. However, note that many registered site users do not log their unsuccessful ascents, so this list is not very robust statistically. However, it does give a somewhat interesting picture of some worldwide summit that are perhaps among the most difficult to ascend.

A personal note--I have long maintained that there should be no shame or stigma in an unsuccessful attempt. They are excellent learning experiences and a sign of wise maturity in the mountains. Never climb with someone who has never turned back! And don't be afraid to log your trips where the summit was just not in the cards.


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