Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Simple Trekking Pole Monopod

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. A video is more appropriate than a step by step photo session for this one.

Apologies for looking rough in the video. I just had spinal surgery to fuze my C6 & C7 vertebrae. You all know I love custom titanium but this surgery was probably a little over the top just to get a plate and four screws in my spine.

Anyway, enjoy and please leave comments if you have alternate ideas or potential improvements to this one!

I updated the video to be directly embedded from YouTube for (smart) people that don't install Flash. Please let me know if it still doesn't work.


23 comments:

  1. What does the rubber band weigh? I feel a flood of rubber band related backpacking hacks coming on...

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  2. Unfortunately, its a full weight rubber band. I'm working on some hacks to reduce weight:

    1. Punching holes in it
    2. Two words: stretch dyneema. ;)

    DM

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  3. I'm still working on pricing but (being my wife) you'll probably get a pretty good deal. ;)

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  4. Ha, this is awesome, so simple. I see a bright future with this project on Kickstarter. ;-)

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  5. Well duh. So simple, I wish I thought of it. Great idea!

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  6. EXCELLENT!!! We bought a bag of 500 rubber bands not long ago and I carry an extra RB as part of my repair kit.

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  7. Don- here's wishing you a speedy recovery. Internal Ti body parts, you need to get together with my husband, he has 14 Ti screws and a 7-inch Ti plate in his forearm, all put there one year ago this week.

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  8. Sometimes more ti isn't better. Its rare but it can be the case. Thanks!

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  9. Love this! Can't believe we hadn't thought of it..

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  10. Some of us don't have Adobe Flash. Can you please add a direct link to the (presumedly) Youtube page? We'd really appreciate it :)

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  11. Treeswing - thanks for letting me know that the video didn't work without Flash. I updated it to embed directly from YouTube. Let me know if that doesn't work for some reason! -DM

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  12. dude! the rubber band camera trick is BRILLIANT. that's awesome.
    Sometimes low tech is a lot better. thanks for the tip.

    - some guy from BPL.

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  13. It's called a "stick pic" and it mounts at the end of your trekking pole and you can take photo's with you in them! It costs around $14 and come in sizes to fit most trekking poles.

    GrandPa Walking

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  14. I love this idea. As a former news photographer who used mostly available light, I am addicted to my monopod.

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  15. Great idea. I use an Ultrapod, which weighs less than 2 oz. and has a velcro band which wraps around a pole -or a branch. But it also works as a small "table-top" tripod. Very versatile. Mine is over 30 years old!

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  16. I'm going to go hit myself in the face with a hammer now because I didn't think of that solution and instead decided to regularly fight with a little Gorilla tri-pod.

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  17. Pure freaking genius.
    Thanks, Don!

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  18. It's cool to see a video of you speaking, Don. Read all your blog posts, lots of FB stuff, admired your gear from afar, and never had any idea what you sounded like/talked like. You seem like a really competent guy. Peace.

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