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Unsuccessful Ascent List for James Wickwire

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 James Wickwire'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
1969 Mount Robson1298910000 Canada-BC9249 
1972-06-21 Denali2031013000 USA-AK201461972-06-254 Days Later
1974-05-02 Mount Geist107209000 USA-AK1620 
1975-07-03 K22826122000 Pakistan/China131891978-09-063 Years, 65 Days Later
1976-06-08TRDenali2031013000 USA-AK201461972-06-25Already Climbed
1978 Denali2031018000 USA-AK201461972-06-25Already Climbed
1980 Denali2031019000 USA-AK201461972-06-25Already Climbed
1981-05-06TRDenali2031010350 USA-AK201461972-06-25Already Climbed
1982-05-15 Mount Everest2903226200 China/Nepal29032 
1984-10 Mount Everest29032272002China/Nepal29032 
1989TRKangchenjunga2816918000 Nepal/India12867 
1990-04 Melungtse2356021000 China/Nepal5151 
1993-09-04 Mount Everest29032231503China/Nepal29032 
1995-04 Monte Sarmiento71754000 Chile6693 
1996 Nevado de Illimani2112220800 Bolivia8041 

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