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Offline JHamelman

Announcement about Fred Hiltz
« on: March 13, 2013, 01:37:20 pm »
I don't know how many of you had conversations with Fred Hiltz, but I'm sure all have benefited from his presence as a moderator on the forum -- in this discussion area in particular -- and I wanted to let you know that he has passed away from a long fought illness.

In 2002, Fred volunteered to be part of the then-new GPS waypoint project. (blog post: His support was invaluable. He established naming conventions, wrote user and admin guides and generally walked us through the process. The original round of waypoints for the entire route network were created by him.

He then extended his volunteer time and became a forum moderator helping us keep the spam-bots in check and answering questions from his deep well of bicycle travel experiences. He was most active in the GPS Discussion helping countless cyclists get their GPS units up and running, but also chimed in the General Discussion and Routes areas regularly.

He was the Adventure Cycling Volunteer of the Year in 2008 ( and was a Life Member. He will be missed.

There is to be a Circle of Remembrance for him in his community on April 20. If you would like to express your gratitude for his efforts, I will collect and share them with his widow, Ann.


Jennifer Hamelman

Adventure Cycling Association
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Offline johnsondasw

Re: Announcement about Fred Hiltz
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2013, 03:23:24 pm »
My condolences.  I had gotten used to seeing his helpful posts.  This is a loss to the whole adventure cycling community.
May the wind be at your back!

Offline staehpj1

Re: Announcement about Fred Hiltz
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2013, 04:37:23 pm »
My condolences to his family and friends.

He and his helpful posts will be missed here.

Offline TwoWheeledExplorer

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Re: Announcement about Fred Hiltz
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2013, 04:44:21 pm »
Heartfelt condolences to his wife, family and friends, and the ACA community. We had a number of good exchanges over the years. I'll miss his vast knowlege and expertise.

Hans Erdman
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Offline mootoxybb

Re: Announcement about Fred Hiltz
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2013, 01:55:51 pm »
I am so so sorry about Fred, I just posted an older post about how helpful he was and then I saw this darnit, another great soul has left us.  But Fred I'm sure you will never be forgotten, your help and enthusiam was unprecedented.  You will be missed by anyone who came into contact with you.
My deepest condolences...

Offline JayH

Re: Announcement about Fred Hiltz
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2013, 07:08:13 pm »
Very sorry to hear about this. My thoughts are certainly with Fred and his family and friends. I certainly enjoyed reading Fred's insightful posts and recommendations here on this forums.  He was certainly a real asset to the members here and for bike touring in general. I will certainly miss reading his posts.