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 19th, 2018

Everyone Welcome Jan. 21 Umstead North

We expect our “Open” January 21 event at Umstead Park to go on as scheduled.

Umstead Park is supposed to open late today, Friday, 1/19/18, so there should be no problem for our event on Sunday.  Their closure information is on the Umstead Park Facebook page.

We will have a full selection of courses from Beginner to Expert.  There will be an introductory class at 12:30 that covers the basic of process of orienteering, map reading, and using the compass.

The start is at the large shelter at the North side of Umstead Park.  Enter from US 70 (Glenwood Ave) and follow the park road to the parking lots at the end of the road.  You should see BOK signs pointing to the shelter.

If you are bringing a group of 5 or more people please preregister for this event NO LATER THAN Noon Friday January 19.

If you are bringing a bus for your group, please email
by Thursday January 18 so I can let the park know what to expect.

Preliminary course information:
White 2.0km 10 controls
Yellow 2.7km 14 controls
Orange 3.6km 11 controls
Brown 3.7km 10 controls
Green 5.7km 14 controls
Red 6.5km 15 controls

We are offering small group advanced (yellow to orange) and expert (brown) training between 10:30 and noon. See Advanced in-the-Forest Instruction for more information and to register

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

Ian & Pat

January 7th, 2018

Advanced in-the-Forest Instruction

The Classes are Full

Here is an update with the Class Outlines.  There are still a few spaces left in both classes.  Registration is at the end of the article.

  • Expert Class (Dave Waller) For people beginning or in the Brown, Green, or Red courses.
    • Review of how to use a compass to
      • (a) determine a direction of travel
      • (b) maintain a heading
      • (c) identify linear features
      • (d) determine location
    • Navigation without a compass
    • Relocation
    • Map simplification
    • How to approach and exit a control
  • Advanced Class (Joseph Huberman) For people beginning or in the Orange course.
    • Thumb Compass techniques
    •  Handrails
      • Linear feature parallel to your course
    • Catch Features
      • A feature that tells you that you have gone far enough
    • Collecting Features
      • A group of features that signal to you that you are approaching your destination or help you locate your position along your route.
    • Attack Points
      • A prominent feature near the control
    • Pace Counting (All the time, especially if you don’t have a catch feature.)
    • Trail running – always identify how you will get off the trail before you decide to use one.
    • We will put these skills together in the field to locate advanced controls

We are offering two classes for advanced in-the-forest instruction on January 21, 2018. Both classes will start at 10:30 am, and finish before noon so you can participate in the “Open” event the same day.

The Advanced class, to be taught by Joseph, is for those currently on the intermediate level Yellow course.  It will include hands on instruction to help intermediate orienteers advance to Orange.  This is probably the most difficult transition.

The Expert class will be taught by Dave.  It is for those currently on the advanced, Orange course, who want to learn strategies for success at the expert levels of Brown, Green, and Red.

Both classes will start at 10:30 am at the event shelter which is the large shelter at the end of the road on the north side of Umstead (from route 70).

Each class is limited to 8 people. (Kids under 14 should have an adult with them and only count as 1 person.)

We will assemble at 10:30 and then each class will go out on a mini 2k course for a hands on orienteering lesson in the woods where we will be discussing and practicing the skills needed to move to the next level.

The plan is to finish before noon in time for the “Open” event so you can practice the skills you just learned.

Be sure to register here for the class:

Sorry, the classes are full.  We will do this again another time.


January 5th, 2018

Results for New Years Day Relay 2018

We had a sunny, but very very cold day for our New Year’s Day relay. Josef designed his usual challenging courses. Several people had to leave early. It was nice to see former BOK members Lori Huberman and Brendan Shields back for this event as well as Nadine Leisgang visiting from Basel. Control #60 seems […]

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December 28th, 2017

New Years Day Relay 2018

This is our annual Members New Years Day relay.  There will be a mass start at Umstead West at 10:00 AM, so arrive early for the briefing.  Come with a partner or pick one up at the event.

Be sure to register.

Here is how the relay works…  Each team is composed of 2 runners, to run 6 loops – three “Long” (2.4k) and three “Short” (1.4k).  Usually one person runs the Short courses and another runs the Long courses.  In this way all the short course runners have run all the same Legs, but not in the same order, and the same for the long course runners.

All 33 controls are packed into a rather small area (scale 1:5000) and are used in 6 courses, so there are lots of people running in various directions, and even when two of you arrive at a control together you are likely going to a different controls.

December 17th, 2017

Carolina Orienteering Klub Event Schedule

Carolina Orienteering Klub (COK) is centered around the Charlotte area.  For more information check out the Carolina-OK.org website or their event calendar.

Here is the COK 2018 scheduled events…

Morrow Mountain State Park

January 6, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Morrow Mountain, 49104 Morrow Mountain Rd
Albemarle, NC 28001 United States 
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Reedy Creek Nature Preserve & Park

February 3, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Reedy Creek, 2900 Rocky River Rd
Charlotte, 28215 United States 
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NIGHT-O (2018)

February 10, 2018 – 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
McDowell Nature Preserve & Park, 15222 York Rd
Charlotte, NC 28278 United States 
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Kings Mountain National Military Park

March 3, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Kings Mountain National Military Park, 2625 Park Rd
Blacksburg, SC 29702 United States 
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Kings Mountain State Park (Lake Crawford)

April 14, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Kings Mountain State Park, 1277 Park RD
Blacksburg, SC 29702 United States 
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