Unsuccessful Ascent List for Reinhold Messner
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 Reinhold Messner'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.
Map Showing Location of Peaks
= Peaks successfully climbed after unsuccessful attempt = Unclimbed peaks (Note: Unsuccessful attempts on previously climbed peaks are not shown)Click on a peak to see its name and a clickable link.