Hey Guys, great forum. I read some great posts and have a question.
I plan on camping in the souther Rockies of Colorado in either June or July. A few specifics... I'll be alone. Hiking mostly and fishing up in the high lakes. Camping for about a week in my tent. I grew up in those moutians and spent a lot of time as a teenager. However I haven't been there since (I'm 40 now). I'll be carrying my glock .45 as a sidearm and thinking about buying a .30 06 for the trip. These are for protection from unwanted attention of bears.
Looking for some real advise here. Am I fooling myself by taking my glock? Can I shoulder a rifle if a bear is heading my direction in a hurry? I've spent some time looking at kill zones on bears and keep coming to the conclussion that a charging bear is an extremely hard target. Set aside the nervres here, the kill zone of a charging bear is terribly small. And having seen black bears (and hearing that grizzly, albeit only a few, are in Colorado) as a youth, they are much faster than most people think.
Am I taking too much risk by going alone? Is the .45 enough to protect me? Thanks for all of your thoughts and experience in your replies.