Joby GorillaPod Hybrid Tripod
Although a tripod isn’t a necessary piece of backpacking gear, it is especially helpful for bloggers, vloggers and others who enjoying capturing the beauty of nature. I find it to be an essential tool when capturing time lapses, slow motion videos and when you don’t want to feel awkward asking someone else to take your picture for you and a selfie just won’t cut it.
What I like about this lightweight (only 7 oz.) tripod in particular the versatility it offers. The GorillaPod’s 10″ long flexible legs are bendable allowing it to wrap around branches or form to the shape of boulders. The base spins 360 degrees, tilts side to side and has a built in bubble level. What more could a backpacker ask for in a tripod? As far as durability goes, I haven’t managed to kill mine yet and I’ve made it past the halfway point on my PCT thru-hike.
If you want to learn more about the tripod, you can check it out here: http://amzn.to/2w6tMZL
Because I use my phone to capture photos and videos, I use a smart phone attachment that mounts to the tripod. It attaches very easily by screwing it onto existing threads. There are other attachments for cameras, but this is the set up I use.
To see the smart phone attachment you can check it out here: http://amzn.to/2v7MWRG
I will be posting a weekly gear-related item. It will always be something I have used or seen used enough that I would recommend. Hopefully, this helps initiate conversation about gear and assist beginning backpackers with gear selection.
Thanks Jessica. I just shipped my backpackers tripod (13oz) home off the WHW too much space and no bending ability. I’m going to get this one for my next trek- Tracey
I always wonder how many extra miles you’ve hiked to set up the camera, backtrack to hike through the shot, then backtrack to pick up the camera! I’ll bet by the time you’re done, you’ll actually have hiked to Alaska. 🙂
My question on equipment is where do you get the great aerial shots? I can’t see you adding the weight of a drone even the DJI Mavic Pro.
That’s what I’m using! https://homemadewanderlust.com/pct-gear-list-sierra-nevada/
What gear/mounts do you use to take the selfie videos while you hike?
My arm. Lol. I just hold it.
How do you pack your drone? I want to bring one because I love the shots you capture, but I’m afraid of it getting wet, or getting crushed in my pack.
I carry mine in a bandana and then in a cuben fiber stuff sack. I put it in my big pouch on the back of my pack and then tuck my sandals in front of them to help pad it. Seems to work so far!