THE Spanish authorities are staying positive about finding British hiker Gordon Simm despite the fact he has been missing well over a week.
The 63-year-old Yorkshireman left his hotel near the Chillar river in Nerja last Saturday, apparently with the plan of getting to La Cadena.
The Guardia Civil believe Mr Simm, an experienced walker who is very fit according to his family, may have lost his way in misty conditions and strayed off the path.
Mr Simm, a keen photographer and author of walking books, knows the area well.
The search has so far incorporated the fire service, helicopters, dogs and scores of volunteers, and has been extended to the highest part of the Chillar river, at 1,800 metres.