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A Walking Stick (but oh so much more...)

I'm nervous to bring up this topic as I know how much discussion there's been in the past, but I wanted to ask if anyone had ever heard of the "TrekPod"?
The website of the company that makes them is http://trek-tech.com/

It's apparently a walking stick & tripod in one. Here's what their website says:

"It's a Walking Staff, It's a Monopod, It's a Tripod—and the
MagMount Works Like Magic!
"A revolutionary multi-purpose tripod system that is the most exciting and innovative new outdoor recreation product to come along in years!"
TrekPod™ provides a unique multi-function solution that is portable, stable and quickly interchangeable.
The TrekPod light-weight tripod/monopod/hiking & /wading staff converts from hiking mode to tripod in seconds, and attaches your camera or observation optics via the fully integrated quick-release MagMount™ system instantly.
TrekPod with MagMount allows you to take your outdoor experience to a new level. Enjoy more comfortable hiking, fatigue-free photography and observation and get the shots never before possible!
Go farther, see more, carry less."
I'm not affiliated with them at all, just thought those of you who are avid photographers AND hikers would be interested.

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Comment by Ann Cockerill on March 5, 2008 at 4:14pm
Before I had my hip replaced, I put hundreds of European miles on my crumbling hip thanks to my walking stick/unipod from REI. Also could photograph in the museums because it helped me to be still enough to not use a flash. On the bottom end was a sharp spike that could be used for defense or rough terrain.
Comment by Ann Cockerill on March 5, 2008 at 4:18pm
Has anyone had any trouble getting a shuttle or taxi at 5:oo am from the hotels in Fiumicino, Italy to the da vinci airport?
Comment by Ann Cockerill on March 5, 2008 at 4:19pm
Anyone ever stayed at Hotel Cancelli Rossi or Hotel Riveria in Fuimicino, Italy? Is the beach worth the trip?
Comment by Powen Shiah on March 5, 2008 at 4:54pm
Hi Ann, you might want to ask those questions in the forum, I think most people will be coming to this blog post just to talk about walking sticks :-)
Comment by Pete and Maggie Haggart on March 5, 2008 at 10:50pm
I believe that these are really too pricey! We have a couple of telescoping hiking poles that we use that were less than $20 and they are also good for blocking sliding doors at our house when we are gone on non-hiking trips! For photos I lean on my partner for steadiness or find a solid object to rest against while shooting the picture; plus all the newer digital cameras all come with anti-shock or vibration systems that take care of the "jitters" ..............
Comment by Bill Kover on March 6, 2008 at 4:23pm
Years ago I brought a monopod with us on a vacation that included the Grand Canyon. I am great for putting things down and forgeting them. I don't have that monopod anymore. It's probably slowly turning into a fossil somewhere in the vicinity of some overlook near the north rim of the Grand Canyon. On another trip through Warm Springs, Georgia, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel for lunch. I made a small bench that Eleanor uses to rest her bad leg when sitting in a restaurant. The following day I reached for that bench in the back seat of our van. It was gone. I left it on the counter back in the Cracker Barrel restaurant when I was paying the bill. Eleanor said "It's the Cracker Barrel! Our name and address is on it. I'll bet they mail it to us." She was right! We had a package waiting for us when we got home. So I now put an address sticker on anything that I could possibly set down and forget.
An expensive walking stick is something I'm sure to set down and forget while in the process of taking a photograph.
Comment by Ann Cockerill on March 6, 2008 at 7:03pm
Know what you mean! A friend taught me to count the stuff I brought with me. So every time I get up to go- 1,2,3 opps where's 3. That helped a lot.

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