OWPG member Gordon Simm: search wound down

Posted on: August 7th, 2012 by OWPGWordsmith 3 Comments
Gordon Simm

Gordon Simm on Cuesto del Cielo near Nerja (self-taken by Gordon, supplied by Jacquetta Megarry)

Our member Gordon Simm, from Ryedale in North Yorkshire, was reported missing in southern Spain on Sunday 22nd July. Mr Simm set out from Nerja, east of Malaga, for an overnight walk starting from the Rio Chillar Gorge. A popular tourist walk, in its upper part the gorge runs up into more challenging rocky mountain country.

A well organised and wide ranging search for Mr Simm was carried out over two weeks by Spanish Civil Guards, local volunteers, and members of his family. The search has now been wound down, and we must accept that our member has almost certainly lost his life in the mountains.

Mr Simm, an experienced mountain walker and writer and award-winning photographer, has been a member of the Guild since last year. He has been a photographer for Jacquetta Megarry’s Rucksack Readers, and any member who has written for Rucksacks may well find a photo or two of Gordon’s in their book. He has recently co-written their ‘Cleveland Way’ and ‘Hadrian’s Wall’ guides.

Jacquetta writes: “Gordon was one of the best: a great photographer, a wonderful collaborator and a super family man. He was an extremely fit, well prepared and resourceful hiker, as I know from direct experience of trying to keep up with him.” Gordon Simm loved bivvying among the mountains, and walking among wildlife, and this is reflected in his photography – the cover image of Cleveland Way, Roseberry Topping at sunset, is a ‘bivvybag pic’ taken before just such a buy cheap cialis high sleepout on the moors. A fine display of his photos can be enjoyed on his Picasa album .

Guild President Roly Smith writes: “Gordon had an excellent reputation as a Rucksack Readers author, and his Hadrian’s Wall and Cleveland Way were models of their kind. Our thoughts must be with his wife Wendy and his family at this tragic and distressing time. If Gordon is gone, at least he was in the hills and doing something he really loved.”

3 Responses

  1. Mrs Wendy T Simm says:

    I would just like to say a thank you to all who have put news and tributes to my husband
    Gordon since he failed to return from a walk on 21st July in Nerja Spain.
    We had visited Nerja many times as well as other countries where Gordon would walk, his love of nature, wildlife, and photography never diminished.
    We keep hope that he may be found but as each day closes it does get harder.
    He leaves a huge void in the lives of myself, son, daughter and 4 grandchildren who they all call “Grumps”

  2. OWPGCttee says:

    I was very distressed to read of Gordon Simm’s disppearance; the photo of him on the summit of Cielo added to my melancholy because I instantly recognised the cross by which he was standing. I looked back into a 1993 album and sure enough there was a photo of myself and my wife Betty, standing in exactly the same position as Gordon. The 5,000ft mountain is not an easy one to climb and tricky to descend, all I can say is, if he has lost his life in the area he will have done so whilst making personal achievement in what I am sure was his pleasure and effort. Our sympathy is extended to his wife and family.
    Geoff King

  3. John Gillham says:

    That’s very sad news. But you never know, he might be found alive.

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