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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Ian Lauder

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 Ian Lauder'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
2012-11-16 Sourdough Mountain-Peak 610761075500 USA-WA2272014-11-021 Year, 351 Days Later
2012-11-23 Spark Plug Mountain63206000 USA-WA440 
2013-01-13 Mount Persis54645300 USA-WA544 
2013-03-17 Red Top Mountain53615361 USA-WA921 
2013-04-27 Spark Plug Mountain632060002USA-WA440 
2014-08-05 Mount Watson62206000 USA-WA1300 
2014-08-16 Argonaut Peak84538000 USA-WA7332018-05-133 Years, 270 Days Later
2015-01-03 Lookout Mountain56995200 USA-WA11392016-11-111 Year, 313 Days Later
2015-07-03 Cutthroat Peak80507800 USA-WA1730 
2015-12-26 Teebone Ridge67086200 USA-WA1882012-12-30Already Climbed
2016-03-20 Eldorado Peak88687000 USA-WA21882013-07-14Already Climbed
2016-05-02 Mount Hood1123910800 USA-OR7706 
2017-02-19 The Castle64406200 USA-WA2002014-03-22Already Climbed
2018-06-18 Forbidden Peak88158600 USA-WA1055 
2018-07-15 Alpamayo1951118000 Peru1467 
2019-02-03 Sourdough Mountain-Peak 610761075800 USA-WA2272014-11-02Already Climbed
2019-06-23 Mount Buckner91148000 USA-WA30342020-07-191 Year, 26 Days Later
2019-07-21 Sinister Peak84408100 USA-WA840 
2020-11-01TRCashmere Mountain85018200 USA-WA1581 
2020-11-29TRSalvation Peak55605000 USA-WA640 



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