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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Scott Patterson

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 Scott Patterson'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
1983-07-23 Bald Mountain1194311200 USA-UT18231986-08-093 Years, 17 Days Later
1983-09-23 Lone Peak1125310400 USA-UT8931997-05-3113 Years, 250 Days Later
1997-11-22 Castle Peak102349800 USA-UT1541996-06-08Already Climbed
2003-09-19 Elbrus1851017800 Russia15554 
2004-02 Volcán Arenal53582625 Costa Rica2667 
2005-01-16 Mount Massive1442113750 USA-CO19412013-06-228 Years, 157 Days Later
2005-07-03 Mount Belford1419713750 USA-CO13172007-09-022 Years, 61 Days Later
2005-11-13 Mouaputa27232625 French Polynesia  
2005-11-15 Mont Aorai67784921 French Polynesia2021 
2007-01-08 Volcán Iliniza-Pico Norte1683116552 Ecuador1083 
2007-10-28 Huron Peak1400313640 USA-CO1403 
2007-11-18 Cerro Cerani1725717060 Peru  
2007-11-23 Volcán Ubinas1843815791 Peru3599 
2008-02-02 Mount Princeton1419711850 USA-CO21572010-01-301 Year, 362 Days Later
2008-08-31 Lake Mountains High Point76907000 USA-UT2710 
2009-12-19 Pico de Teide1219811712 Spain12198 
2011-12-24 El Toro35243497 Puerto Rico3196 
2011-12-25 Morne Micotrin40063281 Dominica  
2014-03-31 Volcán El Misti1910117000 Peru5856 
2014-04-04 Hualca Hualca1976719199 Peru2247 
2015-07-02 Wotans Throne1273012650 USA-CA328 
2016-01-21 Cerro Mulas Muertas1934716568 Chile2943 
2016-01-26 Ojos del Salado2261520407 Chile/Argentina12100 
2016-12-26 Pico de Orizaba1849116404 Mexico-Pue/Ver16148 



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