I have been a big fan of Gorillapods for years now. I had one with my little point-and-click camera years ago and even bought my sister one of the super Gorillapods (i.e. will hold a DSL-R camera) as a Christmas gift back in 2010. When I got my DSL-R camera, it came with a traditional tripod, which made it hard for me to justify getting a new tripod (though the price has come down quite a bit over the years). However, Aaron and I have noticed an utter lack of family pictures from our hike. To remedy this, Aaron and Genevieve got me a new Gorillapod for my recent birthday. Thank you! (Family pic at the end of this post!)
I was so excited to use it on our hiking trip last weekend. For those of you not familiar with a Gorillapod, they are compact tripods that can be bent around just about any structure or set up on uneven ground. Its flexibility makes it easy to set it up in the outdoors. At 7.4 oz , the gorilla pod for DSL-R cameras ($49.19 for version with a ballhead and level, $32.49 for a more basic version) is lightweight and easy to fit in your back pack (or hooked onto your backpack), but is still able to support a camera weighing up to 6.6lbs.
Here is how I set it up on our hiking trip last weekend:
If you have a point and click camera, you can opt for a smaller version that weights even less (1.6 oz). At $12 .95, this is a great product! Here is a chart of all their different versions: