Follow along for the easiest build you've seen in a while.
Step 1: Shopping List
1 - Harbor Freight Collapsible Walking Stick
1 - 1/4" x 20 Screw and Nut
1 - Mini Tripod Head
Tools used in this build:
Hammer or Vise
Screwdriver and Wrench
Harbor Freight has these walking sticks for $5.99 all day, every day. As you can see it folds up nice and tight with the internal bungee keeping all pieces together so no worries of dropping or losing any. The attached wrist strap wraps around the sections and keeps them bundled when not in use, and acts as a tether when using the pole so you don't drop it off a cliff with your precious camera attached.
To use it, I just screw on a mini ball head camera mount, attach the GoPro to it, and I'm good to go.
Modifications to come include a Sugru mount for the WiFi remote control at the handle and some expanding foam in the handle and camera end sections to add buoyancy - I want to see how rusty this gets when used in the ocean on snorkeling trips.
As always, any and all comments and modification ideas are always welcome.