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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.

Ascent DateTrip ReportPeak or PointElev-mReached-mAttemptLocationProm-mSuccess DateTime Elapsed
1975 a Lhotse85162438 China/Nepal6101986-10-1611 Years, 288 Days Later
1977 Dhaulagiri81672438 Nepal33571985 b8 Years, 0 Days Later
1982 d Cho Oyu81882438 China/Nepal23441983 a365 Days Later
1986 a Makalu84852438 China/Nepal23781986 bSame Day
1989 Lhotse85162438 China/Nepal6101986-10-16Already Climbed
1995 Gora Belukha45064406 Russia/Kazakhstan3343 
2000 Nanga Parbat81252438 Pakistan46081970-06-27Already Climbed

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