Wed 30-Jan-13 04:43 AM | edited Wed 30-Jan-13 05:08 AM by backpacker24
Just a thought. You may be able to rent the series 5 tripod for your trip. I'd check with someone like lensprotogo.com to see if they could fix you up. I've rented long glass from them before and had a very positive experience, I have no affiliation with them, I'm just a satisfied customer.
Oops. Sorry. I just checked with 3 different online rental houses, and none had a series 5 Gitzo.