Originally posted by James
Meet nice girl, marry her, convert her into a birder, get her to carry scope or tripod (or both!) Worked for me!
I tried that approach James, but after my wife knocked herself a few times she suggested (not very politely) that I carry it myself or it would be returned to me with some force!
The Mondell idea seems quite a good alternative solution to the problem, even though my tripod is a fairly lightweight carbon-fibre type.