All great points and perspective everyone, thanks.
Franco, excellent example, exactly what I had in mind. The allure of my trekking poles is starting to wear, yes they're very functional and often beneficial, occasionally almost requisite, but fiddling with trekking poles, tripod, camera, and lenses, while hiking and photographing isn't exactly a very smooth process for me at this time. I may try this option sometime this season and simplify things by ditching my trekking poles once or twice.
Thanks for the insight guys.