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. The list below reflects items they categorize as "backpacking & small storage containers."

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

  • The Bare Boxer, Model 101 Champ, Model 202
  • BearVault
    • BV250 Solo
    • BV300
    • BV350 Solo
    • BV400
    • BV450 Solo
    • BV500
  • Craftsman Tech Composites, Wise Backpack
  • Counter Assault, Bear Keg
  • Garcia Machine, Backpackers’ Cache Model 812
  • Grub Can, GL500 Backpacking Canister
  • JP Enterprises, 35 Gallon Plastic Screw-top Over Pak Container
  • Lighter1 Bear Canisters, Big Daddy Model & Lil' Sami Model
  • Loctote Industrial Bag Company, Flack Sack (Mode 21228) & Flack Sac Coaltion (Model 21242)
  • Missoula Technical Development Center, Modifications to 50 Caliber Ammo Box and Modifications to Military Medical Box
  • Riley Stove Company
    • Grain Storage Container
    • Food Storage Container
    • Insulated Cooler
  • UDAP Industries Inc., “No Fed Bear” Canister
  • Ursack, Ursak Major (formerly the S29 AllWhite) & AllMitey
  • Vernon Mathews, Grief Bros., Steel Drum Part #'s: OH-10-1R & OH8-1R
  • Wes Mauz, Aluminum Canister
  • World Safety Products, Overpack Plastic Drums (95, 65 and 30 gallon)

This reflects the September 2020 product list from the IGBC. We periodically review the IGBC site for updates to the approved list. If you feel that the IGBC has updated their list and we have not provided the latest info on our site, please contact us and we'll update our site as necessary. Learn more about the Interagency Grizzly Bear Council

 
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Last updated: September 18, 2020

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