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Backwoods Orienteering Klub, founded November 15, 1978 sponsors events and teaches orienteering in the North Carolina piedmont, around Raleigh, NC.

We invite you to try orienteering with us. Everyone is welcome at all our events. We always offer beginning, intermediate, advanced and expert courses (routes through the woods) at every Regular event.

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November 24th, 2015

Members Score-O at Umstead West, 06 December

On December 6, BOK will hold a 1-, 2-, and 4-hour Score-O at Umstead West (GPS coordinates = 35.847717, -78.776682).  This event is for advanced BOK members who have successfully completed an expert (brown, green, red, or blue) course.  You must preregister for this event here, before 5:00 PM Friday December 4, so that we know how many maps to print.  Please note that this event will have a mass start at 10:00 AM.  Maps will be ready for distribution by 9:30 AM in order to provide competitors some time for route planning.   Late starts for the 4-hour event will not be accommodated (and late starters for the other events will have to plan their route on the clock).  Please continue reading for important details about this event.

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November 15th, 2015

November 15 Open Event at Lake Crabtree – Results

We had gorgeous weather and a large crowd for our first open event at Lake Crabtree County Park. Runners on the longer courses got to see a lot of the park. Vladimir and Tatyana organized the event but had to leave early, so I get to write up the results. Thanks to them both for […]

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November 9th, 2015

Results for Eno River, 8 November 2015

November 8, Eno River The rain let up all day, allowing 27 orienteers to enjoy the first orienteering meet ever at Eno River State Park. The woods were open and runnable; the hills were long and steep; and the partially-complete map was good enough to enable everyone to finish their course successfully. Most runners returned […]

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November 9th, 2015

Report from the 2015 Annual Meeting

We had a productive Annual Meeting.

We scheduled 25 events for 2016, and they are on the calendar marked “Pending Approval”.  (If you weren’t at the meeting you should check to see if you are directing any events.)
We have some new maps in the works.  The Eno River map is made its preview  Nov 8, 2015  and the Carolina North map will debut in April 2016.
We changed the event type terminology to better reflect how it is being used.  You can see it on the 2016 event calendar.
  • Open” event replaces the title for “Regular” event and we will have a full set of courses and a beginners class as usual.
  • Member” event replaces the title for “Advanced” event, and will state the difficulty level.
  • Informal” is added as a new category, but it isn’t really and event.  These will just be times when everyone who wants to go for a run gets together to practice without actually setting up equipment and hosting an event.  It may take some time to update all the articles on our web site pages to reflect the new nomenclature, so let me know where you find a reference we may have missed, (but wait a couple of weeks).
A big thanks to the event directors for 2016:  Dave, Ian, Josef, Joseph & Ruth, Ken., Mihai, Patrick & Kelly, and Vladimir.  Please offer to help at the events.  We always need help at registration, finish, and picking up controls.  To volunteer for an event please leave a comment on our website and the event director will see it.
You can read the full minutes of the meeting if you like.
President, Backwoods Orienteering Klub
November 1st, 2015

Schenck Forest Vampire-O Results

    31 Oct 2015, Schenck   31 Oct 2015, Schenck Forest   A dozen orienteers gathered on a cool Halloween night at Schenck Forest for a good old-fashioned Vampire-O. Four of the 12 runners were randomly selected as vampires, able to trade their vampire map for a fresh one.  After the one-hour score-O, runners re-gathered […]

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