False peak

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In mountaineering, a false peak or false summit is a peak that appears to be the pinnacle of the mountain but upon reaching, it turns out the summit is higher.[1] False peaks can have significant and discouraging effects on climbers' psychological states by inducing feelings of lost hope or even failure.[citation needed] The term false peak can also be applied idiomatically to non-mountaineering activities where obstacles posing as the end goal produce the same psychological effects.


  1. ^ Gerry Roach (April 1, 1999). Colorado's Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs (3rd ed.). Fulcrum Publishing. p. 287. ISBN 978-1555917463.