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Don Meredith
(donmeredith) - F

Locale: SouthEast
Simple Trekking Pole Monopod on 01/10/2012 11:10:03 MST Print View

Here's a simple solution for mounting your camera on your hiking pole to use it as a monopod while you're out on the trail. I have a short video posted on my blog Here:

lightpack.blogspot.com: Simple Trekking Pole Monopod

Here are a few still shots for this forum:

Monopod 1

Monopod 2

Don Meredith
lightpack.blogspot.com

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Simple Trekking Pole Monopod on 01/10/2012 11:24:27 MST Print View

Nice idea Don. Lighter and easier than adding the 1/4-20 threaded stud and then needing to find a cap for it. I would also work with a Ponderosa pine branch for those of us who don't use hiking poles.

Another option (to save the weight of the rubber band - hah!), is if your headlamp strap has some stretch to it. If so, it's probably tougher and less prone to UV degradation than the rubber band. Stretch it snug and if you have extra length, wrap a few more times around the pole above the camera.

Harald Hope
(hhope) - M

Locale: East Bay
great idea on 01/10/2012 11:49:52 MST Print View

so simple, yet practical. I was trying to figure out some elegant yet overly engineered way to add a camera mount to my trekking pole, and failing to come up with something satisfying, put the idea on the back burner. This is a nice fix, and a clean idea, if the camera view finder works, worth a look.

I think I'd go with either a strong hair ribbon or sewn elastic instead of the rubber band, they always end up breaking on me. But the idea is what counts.

Maybe two thick hair ribbons tied together? Let me give that a try, I'll report back.

Edited by hhope on 01/10/2012 11:52:50 MST.

Don Meredith
(donmeredith) - F

Locale: SouthEast
Simple Trekking Pole Monopod on 01/10/2012 11:54:43 MST Print View

Yeah, I've been fiddling with all sorts of ideas as well. All I needed was Oxycontin and sleep deprivation to pare it down to a simple solution. :D This definitely isn't the most ideal but its cheap, simple and practically weightless. Maybe I should start selling them! I'll need some start-up funds... Kickstarter here I come!

DM

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Simple Trekking Pole Monopod on 01/10/2012 12:52:12 MST Print View

Don, what a great simple idea.

David, I tried the headlamp and it worked, nice multi-use idea. here are some bad pictures from my phone of the camera/headlamp. The pictures could have been better but I haven't figured out how to get the camera to take a picture of itself (yes I could have used the mirror but I can't hold 2 mirrors to do the back and take the picture at the same time).

You have to make sure to have the strap adjusted before putting the camera on the pole or have excellent finger dexterity. Trying to hold everything in place while adjusting the strap isn't the easiest thing to do.

Petzl on pole1

To see the viewfinder/screen you have to look at it from the side, but it is doable Pezl on pole2

Edited by bestbuilder on 01/10/2012 12:57:44 MST.