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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Don Raether

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 Don Raether'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
1977-02-15TRPico de Orizaba56365334 Mexico-Pue/Ver4922 
1978-02-06TRPico de Orizaba563654862Mexico-Pue/Ver4922 
2011-03-31TRSheep Hole Mountains High Point14061381 USA-CA6762011-11-12226 Days Later
2011-11-01TRFive Fingers15771554 USA-CA22420131 Year, 61 Days Later
2013-02-01 Old Woman Mountain16231280 USA-CA8332013-02-2726 Days Later
2016-01-22TRBat Mountain North15111097 USA-CA5722016-02-0716 Days Later
2018-03-07TRTowne Benchmark22211897 USA-CA7092018-03-2720 Days Later
2018-10-30TRNevares Peak871305 USA-CA672020-01-071 Year, 69 Days Later
2018-12-18TRNevares Peak8718472USA-CA672020-01-071 Year, 20 Days Later
2019-05-30 Kingston Peak22362012 USA-CA1136 
2019-06-19 Sheep Peak29722774 USA-NV387 
2020-06-03 bTRMount Marie Louise16791585 USA-CA167 

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 = Peaks successfully climbed after unsuccessful attempt   = Unclimbed peaks  (Note: Unsuccessful attempts on previously climbed peaks are not shown)

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