Peakbagging Page for Tom Cope
Personal Climb Logs
The links below take you to dynamically generated lists of Tom Cope's peakbagging activity.
- Ascent List: List of Tom Cope's hikes, climbs, summits, and attempts.
- Peak List: List of distinct summits attained, with peak statistics. Includes a peak's "Personal Isolation".
- List of Lists: Peakbagging Lists that Tom Cope is pursuing, showing progress for each list by number and percent of peaks climbed.
- Trip Report Index: Same as the main climb list, but only showing climbs with trip reports and/or GPS Tracks.
- Unsuccessful Ascent List: A badge of honor for real climbers--lessons learned when turning back.
- Multiple Ascents List: A listing of all peaks climbed more than once.
- Progressive Peak List: Time-ordered progressive lists for eight different metrics.
- Peak Pairs, First Ascents, and Unique Peaks: Peaks and peak pairs that no other registered site users have climbed, plus first ascents.
- Master Peak Map: Interactive worldwide map showing all peaks climbed, color-coded by elevation or prominence.
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Time-Period Summary Reports
These reports show number of peaks climbed, highest point reached, and other statistics grouped by year or month.
User Created Content
US County High Point Links
Tom Cope has self-identified as interested in climbing to the high points of counties in the United States.
February 29, 1948 - Oak Park, IL / May 8, 2021 - Denver, CO
The folowing obituary is from the Colorado Mountain Club and written by noted Colorado climber Walt Borneman:
Long-time CMC member Thomas F. Cope passed away at home on May 8, 2021, after an eighteen-month battle with leukemia. Born on the leap year date of February 29, 1948, in Illinois, Tom graduated from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn and then came west to attend the University of Denver, where he received his BA (1970), JD (1974), and MA (1976). He received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago in 2001. Tom was a partner at Bryan Cave LLP (formerly Holme Roberts & Owen LLP) focusing on natural resource and environmental law.
Tom loved the mountains and had a particular passion for highpoints. He joined the Colorado Mountain Club in 1986 and participated in many local trips as well as international outings. He climbed all the Fourteeners and numerous other peaks and highpoints in Colorado and around the world, including Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, and the Mexican volcanoes. The coldest hailstorm I ever encountered was descending Hagues Peak with Tom.
Tom’s love of the outdoors informed much of his extensive service to the community. Tom was an original board member of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, preparing the incorporation papers in 1996 and subsequently serving as board secretary for many years. He also volunteered on trail crews. I once came across him engineering a large cairn on La Plata’s north ridge. Tom served on the board of the Colorado Mountain Club Foundation and chaired its fellowship selection committee. Assisting students with outdoor science and environmental projects was one of his most rewarding experiences. He also volunteered for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Meals on Wheels and was active in his church and legal organizations.
Tom Cope was a man of many interests and could as easily converse about Irish legal history—the subject of his doctoral dissertation—as woodworking, a hobby he eagerly shared with his grandsons. Tom married his high school sweetheart, Ann Wattis, in 1970, and they recently celebrated 51 years of marriage. They had two children, Beth Whitenight and Philip Cope, and two beloved grandsons, George Whitenight and Oliver Cope. Tom was the consummate professional in all our non-profit endeavors, a stalwart companion in the mountains, and a loyal and valued friend.
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