I can lash a mini tripod ($2 on eBay) to the top of a quad-sected tent pole with 4 equal sections with internal elastic to make a tripod. This gets me about 2' off the ground.
I can lash a mini tripod to the top of two bi-sected tent poles together, to form a tripod. This gets me about 4' off the ground.
Two Trek poles and a cord with a tent anchor, leaning away from the tent anchor makes a tripod; and the mini tripod lash to the top.
So the heaviest part of my backpack tripod is the mini tripod and the lashing.
This all sounds great, but it wants to twist and role around.
Any ideas for a better way of lashing/connecting the mini tripod to the poles and have it be stable? As it turns out, it takes a lot of lashing and time to get it stable. The poles want to slip through the lashing.
I'm wrapping each leg of the mini tripod to each of my tent poles.
There is probably a sailor out there that knows the perfect knot, a mechanic that is going to have a better solution, or a photographer that has figured this out a long time ago.
I'm hoping. Currently it takes me about 10 minutes and 15' of cord to get it stable. And about 10 minutes for me to tear it down.
A small amount of weight really makes a big difference, and I would rather take a reflector, flash, and a remote... than haul a "light weight" tripod.
My makeshift backpacking rig:
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