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Tom Cope

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.


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Most Complete Lists
List# Done% Done
Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks53100
London Borough High Points33100
U.K. Constituent Country High Points4100
Sacred Navajo Mountains4100
Belgium Region High Points3100 Colorado Fourteeners5798.3
USA 48-States 14,000-foot Peaks5687.5
Customary Western USA Fourteeners6283.8
Colorado Centennial Peaks (Top 100)7878
Germany State High Points1275
Highest Peaks Climbed
PeakElev-ftLocationAscent Date
Kilimanjaro19341Tanzania1999-01-08 b
Pico de Orizaba18491Mexico-Pue/Ver1993-01-03
Volcán Popocatépetl17759Mexico-Pue/Mor/Mex1992-12-29
Volcán Iztaccíhuatl17103Mexico-Pue/Mex1992-12-31 b
Mount Ararat16854Turkey2014-08-20
Iztaccíhuatl - Las Rodillas16732Mexico-Pue/Mex1992-12-31 a
Mount Meru14977Tanzania1999-01-02 b
Mount Whitney14498USA-CA1995-09-02
Mount Elbert14433USA-CO1987-08-01
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
PeakProm-ftLocationAscent Date
Kilimanjaro19308Tanzania1999-01-08 b
Pico de Orizaba16148Mexico-Pue/Ver1993-01-03
Mauna Kea13796USA-HI2009-05-23 b
Mount Rainier13246USA-WA1991-07-05
Mount Ararat11847Turkey2014-08-20
Mount Meru10400Tanzania1999-01-02 b
Mount Whitney10078USA-CA1995-09-02
Overall Statistics and Ranks  (Updated every 24 hours)
P-Index: 224  (Rank #344/21807)Link to Peak List sorted by prominence
I-Index: 75  (Rank #77/21400)Link to Peak List sorted by isolation
E-Index: 371  (Rank #340/21064)Link to Peak List sorted by elevation
Ascents: 1162  (Rank #235/25267)Count of all logged ascents
Peaks/Points: 929  (Rank #226/25171)Count of distinct peaks/points climbed
Peaks on Lists: 547  (Rank #224/23893)Count of distinct peaks that are on lists
P100m Peaks: 412  (Rank #310/24148)Count of peaks with 100m of promienence
      (See Prominence Summary Page for more prominence breakdowns)
Vertical Gain: 380 ft  (Rank #5597/6318)Sum of all vertical gain hiked
Distance: 1 mi  (Rank #4797/25267)Sum of all distance hiked
Trip Reports: 8  (Rank #3451/10333)Count of posted trip reports
Days with Ascents: 208  (Rank #266/23309)Days with a new 100m prominence peak


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