• pond surrounded by green brush, reflecting a distant range of snow-covered mountains that are dominated by one massive mountain

    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Gear Checklist

The following equipment is highly recommended when venturing out into Denali's backcountry:

Equipment

  • Sturdy hiking boots (waterproofed) and at least 2 pairs wool or synthetic socks
  • A backpack that can carry a tent, personal gear, and a Bear Resistant Food Container (BRFC)
  • Gaiters and trekking poles for river crossings, loose rock, snow patches, boggy areas, and brush
  • Rain jacket and pants (ponchos not recommended)
  • Polypropylene, nylon, fleece or wool clothing (avoid cotton). Quick-dry pants, long underwear, at least one long-sleeved shirt, a warm winter hat, waterproof gloves and a fleece jacket are also recommended. Be prepared for temperatures ranging from 30° to 80° F(-1° to 27° C) in the summer months
  • Stove, fuel, cookware and water bottles
  • Water filter (preferably equipped with a silt stopper device) or water purifying tablets
  • Dense, high-calorie food that fits in the Bear Resistant Food Container and cooks quickly
  • Compass and map (maps available at the Backcountry Information Center). While a GPS unit is useful, it should be used to supplement a topographic map, not in place of one
  • Toilet paper, trowel, and a bag for used toilet paper and sanitary items, which must be stored in the BRFC and packed out, not buried or burned
  • Tent with rain fly and waterproof floor (bivouacking or camping with only a tarp is not recommended)
  • Sleeping bag and pad (for any overnight summer trip, protection to 20° F/7° C is suggested)
  • Insect repellent and/or head net
  • Emergency gear, such as first aid kit, knife and a signaling device such as a whistle or signal mirror
  • Large plastic or waterproof bags to protect the gear inside you pack
  • Bear spray (this is up to your personal preference-conditions must be perfect for bear spray to be effective, e.g. wind direction, weather, distance from the animal
  • A change of shoes for camp, to lower your impact on the vegetation and to change out of wet boots
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Camera with waterproof case
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat for sun protection
  • Toiletries such as toothbrush, hand sanitizer, and lip balm- ALL items with an odor must fit in you Bear Resistant Food Container

Did You Know?

a green hillside and a brown scar denoting where a landslide occurred

Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.