Orienteering Raleigh NC

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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October 16th, 2018

Open event at Raven Rock State Park October 21

We will have an OPEN event at Raven Rock State Park on Sunday October 21, 2018. Everyone is welcome.

The event starts at noon. We will have a beginners class at 12:30. Last starts at 2 PM. Everybody must finish by 3 PM.

We will have all regular courses from beginner to expert, White through Red.
White 2.6km 9 controls
Yellow 3.0km 11 controls
Orange 3.9km 11 controls
Brown 3.4km 9 controls
Green 5.5km 16 controls
Red 7.5km 17 controls

Note that white course is longer than usual and that the yellow course involves quite a bit of off-trail navigating along linear features such as streams and reentrants in addition to on-trail navigation.

If you are bringing a group of 5 or more people please preregister for this event NO LATER THAN 5pm Friday September 28.

We have a fillable PDF entry form which you can save on your computer and print to bring with you to the event. You can always find links to these in “BOK Information” links on the right of most BOK pages.

If you are stepping up to Orange, note that the control descriptions use images rather than words. See Control Descriptions and Map Symbols Explained for some help and an online quiz.

As always, help with control pick-up would be greatly appreciated.

Membership runs from September through August, so if you didn’t renew or join at the last meet, please do so at this one. Members also need to sign the annual waiver.


The park is at 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC 27546. We will be starting from the picnic shelter near the first parking lot on the right after you enter the park.

October 15th, 2018

October 27-28 Events in Birkhead Wilderness

(Registration Required Inside this Post)

We have 3 events on the weekend of October 27-28, 2018 in the Birkhead Wilderness just south of Asheboro.

On Saturday there are two Members Advanced events starting at 1725 Gray Owl Road, Asheboro.

  • The afternoon event runs from from noon to 3pm.  We will have Brown, Green, Red, and Blue courses.  The event closes at 3pm.
  • Then a Night-O event starts at 7pm and closes at 8:30.

Between the two events we will have a pizza dinner at 5pm.  (Feel free to bring a salad or dessert to share.)

On Sunday we will have an Open event at the Robbins Branch Trailhead (35.5875551,-79.9546176) where everyone is welcome. We will have a full set of courses from beginner through expert.

Please register for all of the courses that you are planning to attend this weekend both for the members events and the open event.

There are more details after this registration form…

Registration For October 27-28 Open and Members Orienteering
  1. (required)
  2. (required)
  3. BOK Member?
  4. A Finger Stick is required. Do you need to rent a Finger Stick?
  5. (required)
  6. (valid email required)
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  8. Saturday Afternoon Advanced Event Noon - 3pm - Choose your course.

  9. Saturday - Members Advanced, pizza dinner, & Night-O

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  11. Sunday Open Orienteering Event at Robbins Branch Trailhead (Check the course you want)


Saturday members Noon – 3pm event:

Blue     8.5k  19 controls   246m climb
Red      6.7k   17 controls   215m climb
Green  5.5k   16 controls   203m climb
Brown 3.8k   10 controls   130m climb

Saturday members 7 -9pm Night Event

The night event is what I will call a structured score event.

  • There are 20 controls.
  • Each control has a point value
  • You can skip as many controls as you want.
  • The controls must be taken in order.
  • There is a time limit of 66 minutes and a total length of 6.6k
  • Results are calculated first on points collected, then on time.
  •   The overtime penalty is:
    1    point/min for the first   5 minutes
    5   points/min for the next 5 minutes
    10 points/min thereafter
    (Subject to change)

Extra Orienteering Opportunities

(I hope I can get some volunteers for these opportunities because we need the controls for the open event on Sunday.)

  • At 3pm I have a 5.9k course to pick up 11 controls.
  • At 8:30pm, after the night event, there are two courses, a 2.9k and a 3.4k.  (or one 4.8k course) These could be picked up at night or very early the next morning so they will be ready for Josef to set them at Robbins Branch for the open event on Sunday.

Sunday’s Open event – Beginner through Expert.  Everyone welcome.

Josef is designing these courses so I will have more detail when he sends them to me.

Staying overnight at Gray Owl (or just taking a shower).

Members are welcome to spend the night at Gray Owl.  We have two bedrooms, lots of floor space, a deck, a forest, and last but not least a caboose.  Bring your own bedding or camping equipment.  You are welcome here.  Bring your towel and take a shower even if you aren’t staying overnight.


October 8th, 2018

Results for Eno River night-O

    06 October 2018, Eno River State Park BOK’s very first event on a new map of the north side of Eno River State park was a night-O that featured two courses: an intermediate course, and an advanced one. Orienteers hiked out to the group camping area in the afternoon, and camped outside on […]

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October 7th, 2018

Eno River SI-Droid Results

  This is our first event using the new software SI-Droid.  We got real time results during the event, and the results were ready to publish as soon as I got WiFi.  A big thanks to Ian who got all the bits and pieces to work together.  The next step is to keep it from […]

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October 2nd, 2018

Results for open event at Umstead North – Sept 30

We had good weather for orienteering on Sunday. With all the recent rain, the mosquitoes were almost like helicopters which meant that runners were encouraged to keep moving! There was one problem for runners on blue, I had renumbered control 75 so that the actual control was 50, but I had failed to update the […]

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