AWOL British backpacker alive

Profile picture of
Gapyear.com

View Profile All Posts
22nd Nov 2013
Written by: Will Jones

AWOL British backpacker alive

British backpacker Joe Stuttle, who has been cycling and camping around Tasmania for part of his gap year, has been the subject of a huge manhunt after leaving his belongings overnight at an infamous suicide spot.

After setting up camp at Cataract Gorge and locking up his bike and bag, on the spur of the moment he decided to wander down to the nearby town of Launceston to see its Christmas lights. Once in town he promptly met two girls, who invited him to stay at their house. Understandably he complied.

Meanwhile, workers at the gorge, who had last seen Joe just before his trip into town, discovered all his things (including his passport), put two and two together and made five. An enormous search and rescue operation ensued, and Joe’s parents were informed of the disastrous turn of events.

Cataract Gorge

The next day Joe returned (possibly strutting) to the gorge to find a flurry of activity, a media frenzy and emergency services everywhere.

And no bike.

Let’s turn to Joe’s blog for the next part, as seen through his eyes.

“Someone’s stolen a bike I’ve borrowed off a man who’s quite strong that I don’t know very well. Then I see the thirty policemen in hiking gear. ‘I’m glad you’re here – someone’s gone and stolen my bike!’”

The realisation dawns; fast forward a couple of paragraphs.

“It shouldn’t be funny. They called my parents. I’m so sorry, Mum. But it is quite funny. The press loved it. I got in the paper and on TV. God my legs ache.

“Visit Tasmania.”

Legend.

Search

Winterless North Tour

from £210

3 days

New Zealand

Experience the Northland and soak up the sunshine. With a huge range of activities to do ranging from dolphin swimming...

IAR Orangutan Project

from £875

11 - 22 days

Indonesia

Work with International Animal Rescue on the rehabilitation of Indonesia’s beautiful orangutans.

International Environmental Internship In Indonesia

from £1035

30 days

Indonesia

As Asia develops as a region, the environment becomes an increasing global concern.

Professional Internships in Dublin

from £600

28 - 168 days

Ireland

Obtain a professional internship placement in Dublin that you will love, whilst gaining valuable work experience in a field that...

Intern in PR & Marketing in Chile

from £4800

40 - 180 days

Chile

There is no better destination for your PR & Marketing internship abroad than Chile. With its booming economy, Santiago, Chile...

Community Education in Northern India

from £675

14 - 84 days

India

Support local primary schools by creating a fun teaching environment and promote education within the communities of Udaipur.

Sri Lanka – Caring for Children

from £1265

14 - 56 days

Sri Lanka

Volunteer in one of our care projects in a community centre or care home for disabled children. Typical jobs involve...

Dolphin Research and Conservation

from £1199

14 - 84 days

Tanzania

Discover the tropical paradise of Zanzibar as a volunteer. Contribute to the sustainability of dolphin tourism by researching tourism, monitoring...

Island Conservation Expedition

from £1145

14 days

Seychelles

Contribute to terrestrial conservation efforts and experience in the unspoilt island paradise of the Seychelles!

Watersport’s Instructor Training Greece

from £290

14 - 84 days

Greece

Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing and Scuba Diving Instructor training courses

Search

Essential China

from £1852

Encounter the essence of China in all its wonderful diversity – climb the Great Wall and stare down the Terracotta...

Cuba Libre

from £628

Walk through the pincushion hills and wander amongst orchids and lush mountain coffee plantations – see another side of the...

Amazon Riverboat & Machu Picchu Adventure

from £1903

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of land and river, this adventure is for you. Once you’re on board...

Budapest to Rome

from £2660

Grand standing capitals and quaint seaside villages, hidden mountain hamlets and a city set on water – eastern Europe covers...

Bolivia Highlights

from £918

Explore the best of Bolivia on this adventure through lively cities, breathtaking scenery and colourful market towns. From the extreme...

Volunteer Cusco Kids

Spend two weeks working at a voluntary drop-in centre for children and youth where they can get help with homework,...

Southern Comfort USA

from £2142

Enjoy classic architecture, history, music and food on this adventure through the southern states of the USA. Kick things off...

Epic Trans-Siberian Journey

from £2501

Imagine trying to cover ground across Russia far west to far east – a crazy thought, huh? The solution: Get...

Chiang Mai & Golden Triangle

from £500

Experience the serenity of northern Thailand while exploring the notorious Golden Triangle region. Beginning and ending in the charismatic city...

Naadam Festival Mongolia

from £1999

Wander the land that gave the world Genghis Khan and experience the rich pageantry and intense competitions of the legendary...

Search
[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]