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 9th, 2018

Results for July 8, 2018 event at Dorothea Dix Park

The weather was great, the grass green and the courses fast. We’ll do it again next year! The event was truly a team effort from Dave, Ian, Joseph, Jeff, Debra, Vladimir and Tatyana. Thank you all. White Course: 12 KP 2.0 km 1 John Montgomery 26:07 55 64 62 60 48 50 53 67 56 […]

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July 4th, 2018

July 8 Open meet at Dorothea Dix Park

On Sunday, July 8 we will hold an open sprint event at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, starting near the intersection of Hunt Drive and Umstead Drive. This event is now approved.

The available courses will be:

  • Beginner (white): 2.0km 12 controls
  • Sprint A: 2.5km< 14 controls/li>
  • Sprint B: 2.3km 11 controls/li>

You may do one or more of the courses.The sprint courses are approximately orange level. If you’re new to orienteering start with the white course.

There will be a beginner class at 10:30.

The start will be open from 10AM until noon and you must finish by 1 PM when control pickup will begin. Help with pickup is always appreciated.

From Western Blvd take Hunt Drive to the end and turn right on Umstead Drive. Start will be in the gazebo about 100m or so along Umstead Drive.

Dave, Ian, Joseph, Jeff, Debra, Vladimir and Tatyansa.

June 11th, 2018

Results – Jun-10, 80m Radio-O/ARDF, Eno River

The event was an 80m classic and held at the Eno River State Park – Few’s Ford Access. It was sunny all day and plenty hot. We had ten participants and seven starts. Many people found the Eno River area quite challenging with the change in elevaiton needed to get from one fox to the […]

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June 7th, 2018

Lake Crabtree Members Farsta Relay – Sun June 17 – CANCELED

Update (June 16, 2018) We are canceling this event because of low enrollment and the bike race also taking place.

Update (June 15, 2018) I was informed this week that Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC) will also have a 6 hour mountain bike race on Sunday. Parking may be difficult and you will need to take extra care crossing trails. Please do not park in the very last parking lot. Please check back here for any last-minute updates before driving to the park.

We will have a Members Farsta relay at Lake Crabtree County Park (especially for farsta’s day). This is a one-man relay where each participant runs two relay loops. The course is made up of intersecting loops. The number of shared forking controls determines the possible number of relay legs. For example, imagine a figure 8 where you start at the bottom. You can go right or left and when you get to the middle you can go right or left again. So 4 possible courses. Next time round you make the opposite choice, so all runners eventually run the same total set of course segments, but following might be very risky as two people may set off in different directions at a shared control.

We will be starting at 11:00 rather than noon. Registration is no longer available as the event is canceled.

There will be orientation to the event format and course assignment at 11:00 and a mass start around 11:15. If you can’t make the mass start, we can start you individually later. Last start no later than 1:00 and courses close at 2:00.

Course level is orange and there are 10 controls on each of the two legs. Legs range from 1.9km to 2.3km with a total for each of your two legs about 4.2km.

If you’d rather do a 2.2kn single course that’s an option. It’s still orange level, but register for yellow so I know that you’re just doing one course.

Start will be at a picnic table near the small amphitheater just east of the parking lot after the boat rental parking lot. This lot is the 5th driveway on the right after the park entrance. Look for signs to amphitheater, Dogwood shelter and White Oak shelter. The park entrance is at 1400 Aviation Parkway (First light south from I-40 exit 285). There will not be the usual BOK signs.

As usual for advanced events, pre-registration is required by Friday June 15. This is particularly important for this format as there are two distinct maps for each competitor. register for orange if you want to do the relay and yellow if you want to do the single course.

Ticks are likely to be out, so take appropriate precautions.

Ian Shields

June 3rd, 2018

Results for June 3 Sprints at Bond Park

It was a great day for orienteering on June 3 at Bond Park – sunny and warm, but manageable.  Runners had their choice of four separate maps (Beginner: 1.6km, Sprint A: 2.6km, Sprint B: 2.7km and “The Whole Enchilada”: 5.3km).  Sprints A and B had shortcut options that allowed runners to make a 2.0km course.   […]

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