Patrick Lam

Thoughts and travels of Patrick Lam

April: end-of-term slog

April has overall been a real grind, with an attempted paper submission and now grading. We had one trip to Christchurch, where our planned objective got rained out, but we still did a bunch of elevation gain (though not much distance, which means steep ascents).

March: finishing the Tongariro Circuit, climbing trip to Pohara, and hiking Wanaka

Usually by this point we’d be getting close to the end of Winter term (was April 3 in Winter 2020), but we’ve stretched lectures out because of the pandemic (later start, additional scheduled pause, shorter exam period), so we still have 1.5 weeks of class left. I feel like the wheels are starting to fall off at this point, with all sorts of random life things happening to the students in my graduate course. Three trips: back from Tongariro; climbing at Pohara; and hiking around Wanaka.

February: mostly work, plus Tongariro Northern Circuit

Remote teaching has definitely been grinding along and keeping me busy this past month. The workload has been different for the fourth-year undergraduate course versus the graduate seminar. Aside from teaching and research, there was also returning from the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track at the very start of the month, the Tongariro Northern Circuit at the end of the month, and the Jumbo Circuit in the middle. No new areas of NZ visited, but did re-visit old locations.

2020 (not travel)

My non-travel retrospective for 2020: work, life goals, and hobbies.

January: Back to School, and Hump Ridge

Back to school! Classes started on January 11 and that’s been keeping me busy this month. More about that below.