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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Matt Varney

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 Matt Varney'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
2008-05-17 Devils Peak50454650 USA-OR13652009-08-221 Year, 97 Days Later
2009-09-05 Mount Saint Helens83336640 USA-WA45732010-07-17315 Days Later
2011-05-30 Nasty Rock46634560 USA-OR3032008-06-21Already Climbed
2011-10-01TRWhite Mountain Peak1424612400 USA-CA7196 
2012-07-13TRMount Hood1123910460 USA-OR77062013-07-02354 Days Later
2012-08-18TRWhite Mountain Peak14246132002USA-CA7196 
2017-01-28TRDog Mountain29482350 USA-WA11482009-03-13Already Climbed
2017-07-08 Nasty Rock46634600 USA-OR3032008-06-21Already Climbed
2017-10-14 Mount Williamson1437312860 USA-CA1644 



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