For self photos I have always used the arm length approach:
|I grew my beard out just for this picture.|
Please hold on while I go shave.
But I ran across this cool gadget called StickPic. A number of forum goers were reeling off their 'would never leave without' items for backpacking. The StickPic showed up numerous times, right next to GorillaPod. (If you haven't seen one of those, check them out.) Curiosity took over.
Two backpackers from San Francisco developed a better way of taking pictures and video of yourself or a small group. Their 10 gram device attaches your camera to the end of your trekking pole. First screw the StickPic onto the camera's tripod mount, attach your camera to the trekking pole with a larks head knot for security, and then slide the StickPic onto the end of the trekking pole. Set your camera to a small delay, hit the shutter and go.
|With practice I'm pretty sure I can take a picture so that my arm is not visible.|
Rod, one of the inventors and the bloke with whom I spoke on the phone, was incredibly friendly and completely focused on ensuring that I purchased the correct size. They have StickPic sizes for pretty much any trekking pole out there.
|These two pieces comprise the StickPic. |
Dime shown for size comparison.
Check out the device and a sampling of photographs at the inventors' website http://thestickpic.com/
Meriadoc the Scruffy