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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Will Whitney

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 Will Whitney'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
2008-05-31 Cougar Peak79197800 USA-OR1839 
2008-07 Thompson Peak89948700 USA-CA3914 
2011-08-06 Mount Starr1284012040 USA-CA760 
2014-03-08TRLoma Prieta37863500 USA-CA3426 
2014-12-26 Castle Rock32143185 USA-CA94 
2017-07-21TRRubicon Peak91839075 USA-CA2632017-10-0778 Days Later
2018-06-11TRScout Peak84398430 USA-CA  
2021-03-29TRGuadalupe Mountains High Point287325 USA-CA700 

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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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