Hi everyone. Heading to The Winds for a solo backpacking journey from 8/17 -> 8/30. I will be carrying all of my food for the whole trip from the start (no resupply points) and due to the already massive weight on my back, I think I've decided on using two Ursacks and bear-bagging my food. Previously considered a Bearikade Expedition, but I probably need slightly more volume than it would hold, and those aren't even approved for use in The Winds anyway. Two Ursacks (with liners) would be much lighter, compress, and would be useful for me back home here in New England too.
Now to the real question, as far as additional bear safety goes should I carry bear spray? Is it worth the weight? Clearly it would be worth it if I encounter an aggressive bear, but I realize the chances of this seem to be quite low in most of the areas I will be going.
My route is not final yet, but I will probably go in at Sweetwater and end in Green River (so I'll be doing the full range). I will stay close to the divide, and will probably sleep most nights around 10,000-11,000ft. I tend to prefer camping as far away from anyone else as I can and am usually completely alone. That being said, bear spray would provide a bit of piece of mind at night since no one would hear my yells if a grizz sneaks up on my bivy, but do I need that piece of mind?
Thanks for everyone's feedback. Love this community.