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Gordon Simm

Looking back on 2012 overall, by far the saddest event was the loss of a good friend, coauthor and talented photographer, Gordon Simm. We had worked together closely on two guidebooks, Hadrian's Wall Path and the Cleveland Way. The BBC showed a programme yesterday about his disappearance while hiking in southern Spain last July. This gives a moving account of his widow's return to Nerja in September to seek traces of his last hike, and of the legal difficulties facing the family of anybody who is missing, presumed dead. The lack of closure must place an intolerable strain which the financial and bureaucratic difficulties can only exacerbate. This link to the programme should work, at least for another six days.

Here, and it should be permanent, is the appreciation Gordon Simm.pdf that I wrote for Outdoor Focus, the magazine of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild to which Gordon belonged. They published it along with this photograph, one of the triumphalist self-portraits that I used to tease him about. I'd give anything to be able to tease him still.




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