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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscentsB Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.Mount Washington791917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians4215
2.Mount Whitney1084419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada2754
3.Mount Si591274USA-WA79Cascade Range2196
4.Mount Rainier3874392USA-WA4037Cascade Range2098
5.San Jacinto Peak393304USA-CA2536Central and Southern California Ranges1947
6.Mount Saint Helens1082540USA-WA1394Cascade Range1847
7.Mount Adams863742USA-WA2474Cascade Range1605
8.Mount Hood1633426USA-OR2349Cascade Range1534
9.Mount Elbert434399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1471
10.Mount Baker1303286USA-WA2686Cascade Range1346
11.Mount Shasta1674317USA-CA2975Cascade Range1165
12.Longs Peak544345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains724
13.Silver Peak531708USA-WA648Cascade Range687
14.Guye Peak411575USA-WA161Cascade Range629
15.Glacier Peak533206USA-WA2285Cascade Range609
16.McClellan Butte561573USA-WA440Cascade Range606
17.Mount Stuart492870USA-WA1632Cascade Range587
18.Sahale Peak372646USA-WA24Cascade Range558
19.Mount Shuksan852783USA-WA1344Cascade Range540
20.Pico de Orizaba425636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica311
21.Mont Blanc424810France/Italy4697Western Alps284
22.Granite Peak463901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies275
23.Denali676190USA-AK6140Alaska Range221
24.Aconcagua466962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes195
25.Mount Jefferson403199USA-OR1761Cascade Range174

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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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