Patrick Lam

Thoughts and travels of Patrick Lam

Trip report: Whanganui Journey—five days canoeing on the Whanganui river

Great Walk #9: not a walk at all, but a 145km canoe trip down the Whanganui River, with gentle rapids. We got there using public transit.

Review: The Last Front Line by Brendan O'Dwyer

How the sausage is made: Brendan O’Dwyer writes about building the Paparoa Great Walk on NZ’s West Coast.

Mount Hopeless attempt, August 25-27, 2023

We carried mountaineering gear 50km on a long weekend and had a nice walk in the fluffy snow, but no summit.

Atene Skyline Track, June 17, 2023

Atene Skyline day hike in Whanganui National Park. A bit faster than predicted time. Well-formed if somewhat steep track. Excellent undercast views. Also, Bushy Park near Whanganui.

Leaving Early: The Last Day of our South Island December 2022 trip

A day in the life. Making and executing last-minute travel plans to get back to Wellington from the South Island.