The TrekPod has arrived!

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by 480sparky, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. 480sparky

    480sparky Regular

    Aug 24, 2015
    Was looking for a way to utilize a pair of trek poles for use as a tripod while out in the boonies. Came up with this contraption for about half an hours' work. I call it the TrekPod.

    Parts needed: A small piece of 1/2-thick wood, a 1/4x20 machine bolt and nut, a short piece of paracord, a 1/2" unibit and a small ballhead.


    I drilled two holes into the wood with the unibit at an angle in two directions. This will allow the trek poles to spread out just like tripod legs.


    I then drilled a 1/4" though the board for the machine bolt, taking a 1/2" bit to back-drill the 'top' of the TrekPod so the nut will recess flush with the board.



    Then a little sanding, and install the ballhead.


    The principle of this design is to use the two adjustable trek poles I have as two legs of a tripod. The third 'leg' is a piece of scrap paracord, securely anchored to something.


    With this method, I can use the paracord,

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    and tie off to anything solid or steady.

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    Makes for a very stable platform for my P7100, which is my camera of choice when weight is an issue.

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    If there's something solid enough handy, and the camera can lean against it instead, there's no need for the paracord.

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    If need be, the entire setup can be 'freestanding', using a log, rock or similar weight.

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    And as a bonus, the TrekPod alone can be useful even without the trek poles and paracord!

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  2. Love homemade contraptions

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  3. taqtaq

    taqtaq Regular

    May 31, 2015
    Espoo, Finland
    Great idea Ken! I don't hike enough to have such sticks, but if I ever do I have to remember this ;)
  4. Richard

    Richard Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    Very ingenious, but I feel an expensive accident coming on when I look at the arrangement with the cord trapped under the rock on the ground. You don't want that cord slipping free at the wrong moment ...

  5. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    You might want to rethink the name before they come after you ;)

    Personally, and in the days before OIS became reliably usable, I always kept a stringpod in a corner of my bag - so simple, so many uses!
  6. 480sparky

    480sparky Regular

    Aug 24, 2015
    They don't scare me none.

    I use a stringpod as well, but sometimes I have need for an actual tripod.