Backpacker is a bit too good for 12 days in bush?

#1
Is it me but is the condition of the UK backpacker a little bit too good for 12 days in the bush. Just happend to be found by a known trail 2 hours before the search was to be called off.
Am I being over sceptical?
But I know what people look like after a day missing on Brecon.
He just looked a little too groomed and normal for me

http://news.sky.com/skynews/

VH
 
#2
He hasn't shaved and it could be 12 days growth on a young bloke.

The weather has been cold (by local standards) but not too much rain of late, but he does look in good condition.
 
#5
Petardier said:
He hasn't shaved and it could be 12 days growth on a young bloke.

The weather has been cold (by local standards) but not too much rain of late, but he does look in good condition.
That was a groomed beard. Remarkably good condition he was in I thought.

VH
 
#7
The_Seagull said:
Perhaps he was a fat fcuker when he went in.
You could be right Seagull, have you seen the size of his mum ?

I can just get the slight feel of a publicity stunt and story selling with this one.
Cynical git that I am :lol: :lol:

VH
 

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#10
You should have heard his dad on the press conference this morning on R4. Brilliant, straight talking and funny.

Synopsis was: Dad is furious with son for not taking a mobile phone or any form of comms with him, not being properly organised and beinga 'cowboy'. Furious that son has cost the Aussie taxpayer millions of dollars because of the above. Dad is relieved that he is OK but will not fund / permit his son to go to SE Asia as part of his punishment.

Really good interview!
 
#11
Perhaps his admin in the field is better than yours VanH.. yer Pikey! :wink:
 
#13
VanHelsing said:
The_Seagull said:
Perhaps he was a fat fcuker when he went in.
You could be right Seagull, have you seen the size of his mum ?

I can just get the slight feel of a publicity stunt and story selling with this one.
Cynical git that I am :lol: :lol:

VH
I feel the same way VH,how did his old man suddenly appear in Oz :roll:
 
#14
Gungythree said:
VanHelsing said:
The_Seagull said:
Perhaps he was a fat fcuker when he went in.
You could be right Seagull, have you seen the size of his mum ?

I can just get the slight feel of a publicity stunt and story selling with this one.
Cynical git that I am :lol: :lol:

VH
I feel the same way VH,how did his old man suddenly appear in Oz :roll:
His old man has been in Oz for the last 2 weeks, since he was reported missing. I understand he was on the verge of flying back to the UK when the Police informed him that his son had been found.

I can appreciate the cynicism here, but let's give him a chance!

There is a definite thyroid problem in the family though! :)
 
#15
Backpackers* are forever doing this sort of thing. They should be left to it.

*wide-eyed, obnoxious gap year students, travelling on Mummy and Daddy's money, completely oblivious to any sort of danger and unable to contemplate a place where their 'rights' don't exist.
 
#17
My Oz friend thinks there is something 'odd' about his story…

Temps been down near freezing most nights for the last two weeks and matey's has been able to survive without food, winter clothing, a tent or a fire?
 
#18
The whole thing's a bit of a non story, I've been walking in the Blue Mtns twice and there's loads of cover and fresh water available. Google Blue Mountains and look at the images. The area has a number of major trails, roads and a railway running though it and nav isn't difficult. There are farms and abandoned buildings from mining activity around.

This thing about 'lost in the bush' is press hype, it's a bit like being 'lost in the New Forest'. The area is not remote outback, it's a popular tourist haunt with car parks, view points etc.

There are plenty of opportunities to kill yourself falling off a cliff or getting trapped in the mine workings, don't get me wrong I'm sure his folks were worried, but to make this out as some kind of major feat of survival is a joke.

I wonder if he was just out for an extended wander around and didn't realise what was kicking off in his absence, and now is to embarrassed to admit he was still working plan A?
 

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