Compare the 128 Trekking Poles on Ten Pound Backpack based on their weight, price and a few more features as well.
Taking a photograph is certainly doable with just your hands, but hands can be unsteady, and it’s often easier to take a picture with a more stable platform, like a trekking pole. You can either get a trekking pole that has a camera mount built in to the top of it, or else get a trekking pole camera mount that will work with a trekking pole that you already have. There are even a few trekking pole camera mounts that allow for easy self portraits, by holding the camera out, at the end of a trekking pole.
Trekking Pole Camera Mount
What to look for when you want a trekking pole camera mount.
Monopod – There are a few great trekking poles and trekking staffs out there that come with a camera mount built in to the top of them. This sort of set up gives you the same functionality that you would get from a traditional monopod, but you also get a trekking pole or trekking staff for walking.
Compatibility – If you are buying a camera mount for an existing trekking pole, you might have to have a certain trekking pole to get the mount to work. So before you buy a camera mount for an existing trekking pole, be sure that the camera mount will actually work with your trekking poles.
Best Trekking Pole Camera Mount
Some of the very best trekking pole camera mounts, though there aren't that many to begin with.
REI Hiker Shock Light Staff - The REI Hiker is a hiking staff that comes with a camera mount built right in to the top of the staff, so that you have an easy to use monopod whenever you need one. And when you're not using the monopod you just screw the cork top on to the camera mount and you have a hiking staff. It's also anti-shock, and has three telescoping sections which gives you plenty of different length options. The whole thing weighs 8 ounces, or 226 grams.
Leki Sierra Antishock SLS Staff - The SLS Staff is another hiking staff, very similar in design to the REI option above. There's a solid wood knob at the top of the staff which will unscrew to reveal a camera mount. The staff itself is aluminum, and three sections, which gives you a staff that can be a length anywhere between 30.7 and 57 inches long. It also has an anti-shock system so your hiking isn't too jarring.
Leki Aergon Photoadapter - This is actually a kit from Leki that will convert any of their Aergon trekking poles in to a trekking pole with a camera mount on the top of it. It comes with everything you need to remove the old grip and install the new one, including step by step instructions on the process.
StickPic - StickPic is something slightly different, it's a camera mount that sits on the end of your trekking pole, and then you hold the trekking pole out, away from you, to take a self portrait. It's ideal for when there's nowhere good that you can set your camera down to use the self timer feature.