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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January 17th, 2017

Open event at Umstead South, Sun Jan 22, 2017

We will have an Open event on Sunday, January 22, 2017. This event is open to the public; everyone is welcome. There will be a class for beginners at 12:30pm, and there will be courses for everyone from first-time beginners through a set of Advanced courses. The event will be held at Umstead South (take I-40 to the Harrison Rd exit, park in the large parking lot, and follow the signs downhill to the large shelter).

Courses will open as soon as we can get final controls out into the woods; expect first starts to be possible somewhere around 10:00am. No new starts will occur after 2:00pm, and courses will close and controls will be picked up starting at 3:00pm.

January 5th, 2017

New Years Day Relay to be Rescheduled when warmer

1/5/17 Update: The meet for this Sunday, 1/8/17 has been canceled.  Josef has asked to reschedule the event later in the season when it is warmer.  

1/4/17 Update:  We got approval from the park, but a snow storm is coming (or not).  We will (maybe) start at 12:30 on Sunday, but only if the drive from Greensboro Sunday morning is safe.  We will make a final call Saturday by 6pm.

Registration is now open for this event.  You must register again even if you previously registered. If you register you will receive an email Saturday evening with the status of the event and the website will be updated.  It is always wise to check the website the morning of the event.

 It is always wise to check the website the morning of the event in any case.  (If the storm is so bad I can’t reach the internet you are safe to consider the event canceled.)


Josef is ill and won’t be able to hold the event on New Years Day.  We are tentatively scheduling it for January 8, 2017, but we will need both Park approval and Josef to feel better.  Stay tuned for an update.

Here is how it works:  Each relay team is composed of two people. There are 6 loops, 3 long and 3 short.  One person takes the short loops, and the other the long loops.  The first person runs their loop and when returning the other person runs and so on, until everyone has run their three loops.  The controls are all confined to a relatively small area, so there are lots of controls that you will see. You need to be careful to punch the correct control.  If you arrive at an incorrect control, remember where it is, because you will probably get it on another loop.  It’s lots of fun especially because we are socializing while waiting for our partner to return.
December 12th, 2016

Results for Lake Crabtree (11 Dec 2016)

11 Dec 2016, Lake Crabtree Co. Park It was a great afternoon for orienteering, with brisk weather and steely gray skies. Well over 100 people enjoyed a full range of courses, set in the runner-friendly confines of Lake Crabtree park. We were very glad to see so many beginners and first-timers. Hopefully, these folks will […]

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December 6th, 2016

Score-O Results

  On a cool drizzly December morning, 28 orienteers gathered on the west side of Umstead to test their endurance and navigational skills.  The third annual 1-, 2-, and 4-hour Umstead score-O presented its most difficult course yet, but also included two possible bonuses for visiting the east/west-most and the north/south-most controls on the map.  […]

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December 5th, 2016

Open Event December 11 at Lake Crabtree

We welcome everyone to our final open event of the year at Lake Crabtree park on Sunday, 11 December.  Registration will be in the Beech shelter, with parking at the third driveway to your right after entering the park.  (GPS coordinates = 35.840413, -78.794005).  If you’re coming in a group of 5 or more, please pre-register here to help streamline your registration process, and to help ensure that we print enough maps. Start any time between noon and 2:00, and be sure to report back to the finish by 3:00, when control pickup will begin. If you’re new to orienteering, please arrive in time to get signed in before attending our beginner’s class at 12:30

Courses and lengths are:

Beginner (white): 1.7 km (13 controls)
Intermediate (yellow): 2.8 km (13 controls)
Advanced (orange): 3.7 km (13 controls)
Expert short (brown): 3.7 km (11 controls)
Expert medium (green): 5.4 km (19 controls)