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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July 10th, 2017

North Carolina International Training and ARDF Radio Orienteering Events in Asheboro, NC

North Carolina International Training and ARDF  Radio Orienteering Events in Asheboro, NC
July 24 – 28, 2017

UPDATE 7/14/17:

Monday’s training event will focus on:

  • taking accurate bearings and drawing them on the map
  • detailed map reading
  • length ~2.5 km
  • Participants will need to have a compass, marking pencils in two colors, and a map board.
  • The exercise will include FoxOring and classic 80m and 2m skills.


  • FoxOring 80m, 10 controls, 4km



  • Loop “A”, 80m 5 controls, 2km
  • At the spectator control change receiver type
  • Loop “B”, 2m 5 controls 2km

2m classic

  • designed and set by Guangdong ARDF Radiosports Club

80m classic

  • designed and set by Guangdong ARDF Radiosports Club

Everyone who is interested in Radio Orienteering is welcome to these low key events in Asheboro, NC.

We will keep the distances relatively short because of the heat and the need to be prepared for the US Champs in Ohio.

The event center will be at 1725 Gray Owl Road, in Asheboro NC.  The first day will be a training event focused on map reading and taking bearings.  The next four days will be: FoxOring, Sprint, 2 m and 80 m competitions.

Our Sister Club, the Guangdong ARDF Radiosports Club in Guangdong, China are our welcome guests and we are looking forward to this friendly international competition.

Participation costs are estimated at $10 per person per day There is no predetermined fee. Costs for the event will be shared by the participants.  All travel, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of the participants and are not included in the participation cost.  Hotels and restaurants are available in Asheboro, 15 minutes from Gray Owl.

Registration Form:

North Carolina International Training and ARDF Championship in Asheboro, NC July 24 - 28, 2017
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Joseph Huberman
President, Backwoods Orienteering Klub
Ruth Bromer
Event Directors, North Carolina ARDF Championship

Don’t miss the US ARDF Champs in Ohio the following week in Harrison, Ohio.

Event dates are 31 July to 2 Aug 2017, for the training events, and 3-6 Aug being the championship events.

Event Website: ARDFUSA.com


July 9th, 2017

Results for Members event – Lake Johnson – July 9, 2017

Given our typical summer heat here, this was a relatively nice day for orienteering in a park with a lot of shade. We had one yellow and two orange courses. Several folks tried both orange courses while some opted for only one. Many thanks to Pat McQuaid who helped me with course validation and setup […]

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July 1st, 2017

Members event – Lake Johnson – July 9, 2017

We will have a members event at Lake Johnson on Sunday July 9 from 11am to 2pm. There will be two orange level courses of 2.8km and 3.2km plus a yellow course of 2.6km. Rather than our more usual summer sprint events, these courses will have fewer controls (8 or 9). If you are already at orange level or above, try one or both orange courses. If you’re moving up to orange, these courses should be a good introduction for you.

You must pre-register for this event here, before 5:00 PM on Friday, July 7, so that we know how many maps to print.

The event starts at 11am and everybody must finish by 2pm. Last starts at 1pm. Note the starting time is 11am.

Course details
Yellow 2.6km 9 controls
Orange-A 2.8km 8 controls
Orange-B 3.2km 9 controls

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


Take Avent Ferry Rd to the parking lot that is south of the lake and just before you reach I-40. Starts will be along the trail South-East of the parking lot.

Many thanks to Mark Elmore for allowing us to use Lake Johnson.

June 10th, 2017

Results — Jun-3, 2017, Carolina North Forest Radio-O/ARDF.

As with last time, we met by the Municipal Drive entrance to Carolina North Forest (CNF) and used a similar course layout. It was comfortable when we started but it heated up tremendously in the afternoon. Thank you to Greg Kopsch for letting us use CNF and for stopping by to say hi during our […]

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June 5th, 2017

Results for Eno River (04 June)

  Sunday brought a great group of the region’s best orienteers out to Eno River State Park to enjoy a tr(z)icky course, set by Josef. The mass start went off promptly at 10:00, when approximately 20 orienteers began a 9-control score course in a fairly small and flat area of the park. (Unlike most score […]

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