When hiking with a 35mm I have always carried a tripod. But lately I have become interested in walking with a “stick” that stick could be a monopod. Thus allowing me to dump the weight of the tripod that’s on my back.

Problem is I have never used a monopod. How well do they work, what are the limitations to shutter speed, any other drawbacks. I assume the several second exposure is out, but what else am I missing.