advice for nice tripod
As with all things you can spend a lot or a little, depends on your budget. I like a tripod/monopod with a camera quick release feature and fully adjustable head. In additon to the tripod/monopod itself, you need to choose and select a head - while not mandatory it is what gives the tripod a user friendly appeal and a breeze to use (without a head I feel a tripod is very awkward in my landscape photography world and not worth the trouble).
Metal or carbon fibre tripods is a choice determined by your budget and how long and far you will be lugging your tripod around (after a while a tripod gets heavy and cumberson).
Tripod vs monopod? I have both and use them equally - tripod is superior for taking steady shots but inferior in tight places and where you need to move around a lot and quickly .........
It should be a steady tripod! Or, better: it MUST be a steady tripod!!
If you travel a lot, there is a permanent conflict between "steady" and "lightweight" - then you might need a carbon tripod.
As to weight, I'd suggest you have something heavy to stabilise the tripod (I keep a plastic bag in my pocket which I fill with rocks and hang off the bottom, leaving the rocks behind when I move on) and utilise the self timer on the camera.