Founder of Wild Sumatra. Luke grew up in SE Asia, but in the huge mega city of Manila. From the moment he moved to his passport country of the US, he always yearned to return to Asia – but to a more natural, wild setting. For him, Kerinci fits the bill – one certainly can’t get much more natural than an isolated valley completely surrounded on all sides by one the largest protected areas in Asia, where tigers, bears, and gibbons still roam. Luke hopes that in some small way Wild Sumatra can contribute to the conservation of the enchanting and magnificent forests in the area, and to the prosperity of the wonderful Kerinci people. He lives in Sungaipenuh with his family.
Climbing Mt Tujuh, a visit to Lempur, beautiful scenery on Bukit Khayangan, and a some shots overlooking Kayu Aro. Here's a photo roundup of a few things we've been up to in March '17: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set [...]
The other day I spent a cloudy morning up on Bukit Khayangan, the scenic overlook with incredible views of Kerinci Valley. Check out the time lapse below and a few photos. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100349585 [...]
Flying Foxes, the Kerinci Lake festival, and meeting the governor of Jambi. Here's a photo roundup of a few things we've been up to in August '16: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100277859035614.1073741868.553026 [...]
Part of Kerinci lore, the crater of the volcano, called Taman Dewa – or “garden of the gods,” is said to be the place that local hero Depati Parbo meditated before a big battle with the invading Dutch forces, and as a result [...]
Yesterday I returned from a day trip to the Goa Kasah caves, possibly the largest cave system in Kerinci. The journey took about 3 hours of walking along a traditional village path that cut through rice fields, a swamp forest [...]
Uniquely celebrated throughout the Kerinci valley, each community has a slightly different way of celebrating, and schedules can very widely from once a year in certain villages to once every 10 years or more. Last week, the [...]