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.”