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Make Your Own String Tripod
Instructables.com has a great tutorial on making your very own string tripod, which is a simple, light-weight alternative to the three-legged travel foe. It's cheap, easy to make, fits in your pocket, and goes where other tripods aren't allowed, like ancient temples or museums. All the supplies -- an eye hook, nut, and piece of nylon rope -- can be found at your local hardware store, and cost under five bucks.
While the string tripod might not produce professional results (though I think you'll be surprised), it's better than no tripod at all. Plus you'll look really cool tied to a tree, tangled up in nylon rope.