Friends climbed Kerinci 2 weeks ago.....
Early May 2005.
The trail is straightforward thru the bush to above the bushline.
There are no other well used paths going to the summit from Kersik Tua and I didn't notice any side paths.
Keep in mind...Most people get lost while descending, or around shelters and camp sites where people have tracked off into the bush to answer calls of nature or look for firewood and water.
Best bet is to pay a few dollars a day and employ the services of a guide. Don't expect anything to be signposted.
Kerinci's dangerous flesh-eating plants
The belief that Amorphophallus titanum (bunga bankai - B/Indonesia) is a dangerous flesh-eating plant capable of eating people persists in Kerinci. A Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat staffer last week visited the village of Lubuk Paku (east of Lake Kerinci) to see and photograph a large A.titanum reported by a local informant - only to find the plant literally battered to death.
The bunga bankai batterer had been to scared to chop the plant down with a parang (the usual scenario) because that would have meant too close an approach to the 'plant which eats people' and so utilised a five metre long pole to do the deed.
FFI is currently promoting A. titanum as a tourist attraction and people are starting to nurture and not kill the plants.
Volcanic Alert on Kerinci has now been downgraded and the mountain reopened for climbing.
Three climbers found dead on Mt. Kerinci
JAMBI, Jambi (JP): Three people who went missing last Dec. 27 as they climbed Mount Kerinci in Jambi province with a group, were found dead in a ravine 3,400 meters above sea level at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Antara reported.
Kerinci Police chief Adj. Snr. Com. Dwi Hartono told Antara by phone on Friday that rescuers were unable to move the victims' bodies on Thursday evening due to heavy rain, but would attempt to retrieve the bodies on Friday.
The bodies will be brought to Sungai Penuh, capital of Kerinci district, before they are flown to Jakarta via Padang, West Sumatra, on Saturday.
The three have been identified as Aloysius, 23, Teddy, 24, and Wiwin. Two of the three were university students, while the third was an employee at a private company.
They were part of a group of 200 university students from Nature Lovers from Jakarta, Deli Serdang (North Sumatra) and West Sumatra, who climbed Mount Kerinci to welcome the new year on the peak of the mountain
The name of the province where Kerinci is located is Jambi.
Sumatra is the name of the island, which contains several provinces.