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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April 15th, 2018

Open Orienteering & ARDF events April 21-22

On the weekend of  April 21-22, 2018 we will have an Open Orienteering event with all the courses on SUNDAY, and a Radio-Orienteering event (ARDF) on SATURDAY.

Both days will be held on the Birkhead Wilderness map starting from 1725 Gray Owl Road, Asheboro, NC  (Turn around on the gravel pad at the end of the driveway and then park on the side of the driveway as you are heading out.)

Sunday Open Orienteering Event 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

  • All 7 courses, beginner through expert will be set
    • White, beginner, 2k, 1:5000 scale 10 controls
    • Yellow, intermediate, 2.5k 1:5000 scale 12 controls
    • Orange, advanced, 3.5k 1:10,000 scale 9 controls
    • Brown, expert, 3.8k 1:10,000 scale 9 controls
    • Green, expert, 5.5k 1:10,000 scale 11 controls
    • Red, expert, 7.4k 1:10,000 scale 13 controls
    • Blue, expert, 11.8k 1:10,000 scale 20 controls
  • An introductory class to get beginners started.
  • Courses open at 10:30am and close at 3pm
  • Help picking up controls will be appreciated

Saturday Radio-Orienteering (ARDF) 10:30am and close at 4pm

  • a Classic 5 fox course about 6K in length on the 80m  band using Patrick’s transmitters.  Also a shorter 4 fox course.
  • A sprint course about 2k in length with 10 low power transmitters.
  • We have 8 receivers to rent ($5)
  • Courses open at 10:30am and close at 4pm
  • Pre-registration is required

Please remember NO PARKING IN THE TURN AROUND AREA. Only park along the side of the driveway.  The best plan is to turn around on the gravel pad at the end of the driveway and then park on the side of the driveway as you are heading out.  DO NOT DRIVE ON THE GRASS – IT IS SOFT – YOU WILL GET STUCK.

Registration For April 21 ARDF and April 22 Orienteering
  1. (required)
  2. (required)
  3. BOK Member?
  4. Choose your course.
  5. Saturday-ARDF Radio Orienteering

  6. Sunday Open Orienteering Event at Gray Owl

  7. Sunday Pizza Lunch for Members
  8. A Finger Stick is required. Do you need to rent a Finger Stick?
  9. (required)
  10. (required)
  11. (valid email required)

April 9th, 2018

Results for Open Event at Carolina North Forest (Apr 8, 2018)

Perfect day for orienteering. We were really lucky that the rain ended on Saturday. It was the first time we used this start location at Carolina North and it worked out very well – we’ll do it again in the future. The courses weren’t particularly difficult, but overabundance of features on the map made it […]

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March 26th, 2018

Results — Dorothea Dix — 25 March 2018

  Last Sunday, 12 orienteers were drawn to Dorothea Dix park in Raleigh to try their hand at two urban sprints. In the NC Piedmont, orienteers are so accustomed to forest maps that are predominantly white (open woods), with scattered bits of green (vegetation) and black (rock & trails). So when competitors first turned-over the […]

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March 13th, 2018

Members meet, 25 March, Dorothea Dix

On Sunday March 25, BOK will hold our first meet at Dorothea Dix park in Raleigh.  This event is open to BOK members, members of other orienteering clubs, and active members of the U.S. military.  We will offer two short (appx. 2.5 km) urban sprints.  Sprint orienteering can provide a qualitatively different experience than our more typical style of forest orienteering.  All decision-making and navigation happens very quickly, and losing contact with the map can cost a competitor the few seconds that often separate the winner from the rest of the pack.  For members with little experience with urban sprints, check out this Youtube video, which shows a recent sprint race in the streets of Berga, Germany.


Register for the event before 5:00 on Friday, March 23 here.  The meet director will print both maps for each participant, unless you email us that you only will want one.  Park in the green-painted spaces at the HHS Medical Assistance parking lot (GPS coordinates for parking = 35.771511, -78.661543) for a very short walk to the start shelter (GPS coordinates of start/finish = 35.771240, -78.661300).  Start any time between noon and 2:00, but please be off your course by 2:30, when we will pickup controls.  Help with control pickup will be appreciated.

March 12th, 2018

Results for March 11 Members Event

On Sunday March 11, 18 advanced orienteers braved the rain and unseasonable cold to explore the west side of Umstead. Three courses were offered on one map, so competitors could choose to switch courses in the middle of their run.  The course was tough and exacerbated by the rain which limited visibility, especially for those […]

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