Finally came to the conclusion that I could no longer hold 1/30th without support. Carrying surplus equipment, even on short hikes, has become more than my old body can handle, so I came up with the following solution:

The cap above the leather grip unscrews from the top to reveal the tripod stud, with the platform right at 60 inches, I have my viewfinder exactly at eye level. Made from a sugar maple sapling, it should be around longer than I am!