Sounds like a wise choice to avoid the sketchy snow descent, lol. Believe it or not I've worked on trail crews for the better part of the last 6 years and spent a lot of time camping in wilderness areas. The group mentality and having buddies with me really puts my mind at ease, even if it is all in my head - kind of like a placebo effect.No. Not much to be spooked about. My wildlife sightings are rare. If a cat or bear is close to you, just practice good food storage and they have no interest in you. Keeping food away from camp also stops rodents from chewing holes in your gear. Its a different experience by yourself, for sure. This trip i didnt make it to my final destination cause the snow was soft and the descent was more than i wanted to risk by myself. So being alone does affect decisions.
I remember probably 30 years ago going on my first overnighters solo. I was given great advice that truly helped. Camp close enough to roaring creeks and rivers so you cannot hear all the bears and monsters crawling around your camp : )very nice! What a place to catch fish. I love the spotting and color patterns on the westlope cutthroats. I'm working up the courage to do an overnight backpack solo so I can do some alpine fishing too. I've backpacked plenty, just never solo. Did you get spooked at night?