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    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Bear Resistant Food Containers (BRFCs)

What are BRFCs?

These hard plastic portable containers are a vital part of Denali’s bear/human conflict management program. You must store all food, garbage, and other scented items in a BRFC when camping overnight in Units 1-21 and 23-43. BRFC's are recommended for overnight camping in all other units. Their consistent use has resulted in a bear population that does not associate humans or their property with food sources. A small BRFC weighs 3 lbs. and holds 3-5 days of food for one person, and the larger BRFC weighs 5 lbs. and carries 7-10 days of food. BRFCs are issued free of charge with backcountry permits and must be returned within 48 hours of completion of your backcountry trip. If the BRFC is lost or damaged, you may be held responsible for its replacement.

BRFCs Approved for Use in Denali

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) is the authority consulted for what products are and are not permissible in Denali.

If using your own BRFC, be prepared to show it to the BIC staff for approval before a permit is issued.

The following brands of BRFCs are approved for use on backcountry trips in Denali:

  • Backpacker's Cache by Garcia Machine (this is the brand issued to permitted backpackers free of charge by the Backcountry Information Center)
  • Bear Keg by Counter Assault
  • Contender 101 & 102 by The Bare Boxer
  • BearVault models BV250 Solo, BV300, BV 350 Solo, BV 400, BV450 Solo and BV500

The following brands of BRFCs are NOT PERMITTED for backcountry use in Denali:

  • BearVault models BV100B, BV110B and BV200
  • Ursack or ANY OTHER Kevlar, fabric or fabric-aluminum hybrid bear-resistant bag

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