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Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts

RankPeakAscentsB Elev-M Location Prom-M Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.Mount Washington781917USA-NH1874Northern U.S. Appalachians4133
2.Mount Whitney1064419USA-CA3072Sierra Nevada2660
3.Mount Si581274USA-WA79Cascade Range2118
4.Mount Rainier3784392USA-WA4037Cascade Range2058
5.Mount Saint Helens1052540USA-WA1394Cascade Range1788
6.Mount Adams863742USA-WA2474Cascade Range1571
7.Mount Hood1593426USA-OR2349Cascade Range1468
8.Mount Elbert434399USA-CO2765Southern Rocky Mountains1422
9.Mount Baker1283286USA-WA2686Cascade Range1313
10.Mount Shasta1654317USA-CA2975Cascade Range1131
11.Longs Peak534345USA-CO896Southern Rocky Mountains704
12.Silver Peak481708USA-WA648Cascade Range677
13.Guye Peak371575USA-WA161Cascade Range606
14.Glacier Peak523206USA-WA2285Cascade Range592
15.McClellan Butte561573USA-WA440Cascade Range588
16.Mount Stuart482870USA-WA1632Cascade Range571
17.Sahale Peak362646USA-WA24Cascade Range545
18.Mount Shuksan812783USA-WA1344Cascade Range525
19.Pico de Orizaba365636Mexico-Pue/Ver4922Cordillera Neovolcanica299
20.Mont Blanc424810France/Italy4697Western Alps276
21.Granite Peak453901USA-MT1451Greater Yellowstone Rockies270
22.Denali616190USA-AK6140Alaska Range219
23.Aconcagua456962Argentina6962Central Argentina-Chile Andes182
24.Mount Jefferson373199USA-OR1761Cascade Range168
25.Volcán Cotopaxi365897Ecuador2404Ecuador Andes162

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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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