What are BRFCs?
These 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. BRFCs 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. The small BRFCs we lend out are approximately 8" x 12".
You may bring your own BRFC to use if it is listed below or you may borrow one from the Backcountry Information Center while getting your backcountry permit.
BRFCs Approved for Use in Denali
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) is the authority consulted for what BRFCs are and are not permissible in Denali. The list below reflects items they categorize as "backpacking & small storage containers."
If you choose to bring your own BRFC, be prepared to show it to the Backcountry Information Center staff for approval before a permit is issued.
This reflects the August 2022 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
How to Backpack in Denali
In six million acres of wilderness, you'll find campsites from the sublime to the subtle. Learn how to explore the backcountry of Denali.
Traveling where wild animals live can be intimidating even for the most savvy hiker. Have a fun, safe visit by following these guidelines.
Last updated: April 10, 2023