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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Pat Wells

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 Pat Wells'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
2014-05-16TRClamshell Peak43604200 USA-CA2802018-02-08 b3 Years, 268 Days Later
2014-12-10TRDictionary Hill1064500 USA-CA4842019-12-16 a5 Years, 6 Days Later
2014-12-13TRReef Hill6261 USA-CA16 
2015-12-24TRRattlesnake Peak772772 USA-CA192 
2016-10-23TRBell Bluff34093260 USA-CA4092016-11-0311 Days Later



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