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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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April 15th, 2015

Advanced Event in Birkhead Wilderness on Apr 19, 2015

This event is for advanced orienteers (BOK members who have completed a brown, green, or red course). The event is in Birkhead Wilderness Area, Uwharrie National Forest, Asheboro NC. We’ll start from the Thornburg Farm entrance. Directions are here.

Don’t forget, you must pre-register. There will be Brown, Green and Red courses available.

For those who hasn’t tried Birkhead yet, the forest there is very pretty, open and runnable with a lot of rock formations.

Ticks might be out there – take precaution just in case.

The courses will be opened at noon and everybody must start by 1.30 PM and finish by 3 PM.
Help with controls pick up will be greatly appreciated!

— Vladimir and Tatyana

April 1st, 2015

Regular event at Raven Rock State Park

We will have a REGULAR event at Raven Rock State Park on Sunday April 12, 2015. Raven Rock is near Lillington, about 40 miles S of Raleigh. We will be using the part of Raven Rock that is South of the Cape Fear River. If you are using a GPS to get to the park, use the address: 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC, 27546 or use GPS coordinates: 35.459259, -78.912911. Note that Moccasin Branch Rd is unpaved and has a stream crossing it with a ford rather than a bridge. Do not take this at speed! If the park is full (likely), you may be directed to parking on Moccassin Branch Rd a short distance from the park entrance. We will start at the picnic shelter which is adjacent to the first parking area on your right after you enter the park.

Everyone is welcome, and we will have a beginners class at 12:30.

The event starts at noon and everybody must finish by 3 PM. We will have all regular courses from beginner to advanced, White through Red. The park is a lovely park, but there are some steep slopes and quite a bit of mountain laurel to slow you down off trail. A reminder that tick season is upon us, so take precautions.

If you are bringing a group of 5 or more people please pre-register for this event.

Help with control pick-up would be greatly appreciated.

Ian, Vladimir and Tatyana

March 29th, 2015

March 22, Falls Lake Results

Thank you to all the competitors who came out to our first o-meet. The sun never really came out until control pickup time, but it was pleasant and dry. Or at least dry above the ankles for those who passed through the muddy patches. Thank you especially for keeping up the good cheer while braving […]

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March 16th, 2015

Mar 8, 2015 – Red Course (video)

Brian Thompson (who won the Red course) recorded his run on a camera. The video (with occasional inline comments) is available here.

Check it out, it’s very cool!


March 14th, 2015

Falls Lake Advanced O-Meet

BOK members who have completed a brown, green, or red course are invited to the advanced o-meet at Falls Lake on Mar-22, Sunday. Wear old clothes to brave the infamous Falls Lake thorns.

The usual brown, green, and red courses will open at 10:00 AM and the courses will close at 2:00 PM.  Please register for the event by noon on Mar-21.

See you at the start.