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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Austin Smith

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 Austin Smith'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
1998-08-20 b Lighthouse Tower76807680 USA-WA0 
2007TRRussian Butte51234680 USA-WA523 
2011-09-20TRScrabble Mountain56915637 USA-WA651 
2017-09-24TRTimber Mountain54744306 USA-WA12742020-06-222 Years, 272 Days Later
2018-02-11TRKitsap Lookout13601120 USA-WA580 
2018-08-23TRRoland Point19831720 USA-WA303 
2018-10-06TRSauk Mountain55415500 USA-WA1621 
2019-02-24TRPinkley Peak31452000 USA-AZ1345 
2019-02-26TRKitt Peak68806000 USA-AZ2092 
2019-03TRMount Perry57165500 USA-CA1276 
2019-04-03TRMoolock Mountain49654450 USA-WA925 
2019-05-11TRSan Rafael Knob79217800 USA-UT1961 
2019-06-04TRSetting Sun Mountain72536000 USA-WA533 
2019-07-29TRSilver Star Mountain88768866 USA-WA2436 
2020-07-21TRWedgewood Rock9575 USA-WA  

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