will be working a hospital in NZ for a month- then travelling (also hiking) North&South Island for another month (February-April 07).
Since I will be taking my running shoes anyways, will they be sufficent for hiking (not water-proof...), or do I really need to bring bulky, super-heavy hiking boots? I also want to take Teva-sandals and a pair of flip-flops... and maybe some, er, stylish sneakers for hospital/city.
Do u consider 4 pairs of footwear unneccessary for backpacking?
THX so much, greetz, Andrea*
If you go on any of the overnight hikes, or want to do the Tongariro Crossing, I'd really get more solid footwear than running shoes. (Yes, there's people doing it on sandals, but...) There's some very rough terrain out there.
Doesn't have to be hiking _boots_ as such, though. Personally I had a pair of low hiking shoes (with very good profile and decent support) that looked normal enough to also wear to work and were basically my main footwear for walking anywhere.
If you only ever go on 2-3 hour hikes, you probably should be fine on the running shoes, just as long as they have decent profile.
I'd also say you could probably do without either the sandals or the flipflops, but since those won't take up that much space, I can imagine you wanting to take them both.
I actually have to say the sandals are a great idea, they really let your feet breathe while doing a bit of walking right! However, tramping in NZ can mean tough terrain so some sort of footwear with good ankle support will probably be what you're wanting - but wait til you get out here to buy them, you'll be spoilt for choice and it saves you carrying them round til you get to the hiking part of your trip.