Kyle Copeland 1958-2009

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Copeland on Standing Rock, Christmas Day in 1985, Monument Basin, Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Photo by Alison Sheets courtesy of Kandel G. Eaton

Copeland on Standing Rock, Christmas Day in 1985, Monument Basin, Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Photo by Alison Sheets courtesy of Kandel G. Eaton

Copeland in Boulder Canyon on Fillet of Sole. Photo by Tim Hudgel / Kyle Copeland Collection

Copeland in Boulder Canyon on Fillet of Sole. Photo by Tim Hudgel / Kyle Copeland Collection

Kyle Copeland, 51, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at a Rock Canyon Rehabilitation Facility in Provo, Utah. Few of equal stature would have survived his long battled illness with more bravery and courage. Kyle was born on May 7, 1958 in Columbus, Ohio to Charles and Jeannine Copeland. He started to attend college in New York and later Boulder, Colorado studying computers. One high school summer he opted for Outward Bound instead of camp and there his greatest love of all, climbing, was born. Kyle loved being in the outdoors where rock climbing became his passion. Boulder and Moab became Kyle’s climbing hubs and he moved to Moab, Utah in 1989. He studied Geology to go along with his love for rocks, and worked with Geological studies group in Moab. He was the go to rock climbing guide at that time. he knew all the best places, safest ways to climb, and quickly where to rescue the ones got into trouble. His extraordinary love of climbing opened many desert areas with his first climbs. His ability became the stuff of legend. His influence brought many climbing buddies throughout the world to the Moab and Boulder areas.

Copeland was a true desert pioneer and climbed many new routes in the 80s and 90s around the Moab, Utah area. In October of 1986 he and Charlie Fowler made the first ascent of Buggers Banquet (III 5.7 A3) on Sheep Rock (located just around the corner of the left skyline in this photo), Arches National Park, Utah. Photo by Luke Laeser

Copeland was a true desert pioneer and climbed many new routes in the 80s and 90s around the Moab, Utah area. In October of 1986 he and Charlie Fowler made the first ascent of Buggers Banquet (III 5.7 A3) on Sheep Rock (located just around the corner of the left skyline in this photo), Arches National Park, Utah. Photo by Luke Laeser

Surviving are his parents Charles and Jeannine Copeland of Charleston, South Carolina; two sisters Shellon Copeland of Reston, Virginia, and Kandel Eaton of Charleston, South Carolina; 2 nephews and 1 niece, Harvard Archaeologist Dr. Irene L. Good and his daughter Ianna, Tenley, Greg and Riley Webb, and a lot of beloved longtime friends. At Kyle’s request cremation has taken place and his ashes have been scattered over the places he loved most, joining many dear friends. He and Charlie Fowler are scaling the walls of heaven as we remember them. A memorial service in his honor was held on Oct. 24, 2009 at 1:30 pm. The untold want by life and Land ne'er granted, Now Voyager climb forth to seek and find...