Incomplete Summits

United States, North America
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Sign the Climber's Log
This is a personal list of peaks where I didn't make the summit. I won't include the peaks I went back a second time to finish. For most of these mountains I was very near the summit when I made the decision to turn around, usually because of unfavorable conditions. It seems that many mountain enthusiasts push on when clearly the best choice is to call it a day.

Bailing off our attempt of Mount Herman

I always try to be acutely aware of the conditions as they change so that I can make the best decisions and minimize risk. I plan to live a long life always returning to the mountains and to do this sometimes requires admitting defeat. I have learned a lot from the trips in which I nearly made it and I don't consider them failures in any way. For instance I have turned around twice on Mount Baker because of a blizzard and avalanche conditions but it is not shown below because I did make the summit on a previous trip.

Gimpilator On Tinkham Peak
Turning around below the summit of Tinkham Peak
Sahale Peak

Nimbus Peak

Bald Mountain (Sauk)

Bald Eagle Peak
Goblin Mountain
Church Mountain

Bald Eagle Mountain
Mount Russell

American Border Peak
Mount Bretherton


Spire Mountain