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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November 20th, 2017

Nov. 18-19, 2017 Birkhead Results

We had a very successful weekend with the Advanced/Expert open event at Robbins Branch on Saturday, followed by a Mass start Score Night “O” starting at Gray Owl and then an Open event at Gray Owl on Sunday. Ken. is helping with the results as there are several issues with some controls and a Start […]

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November 19th, 2017

2017 Umstead Score-O

On Sunday December 10, BOK will host its 4th annual Score-O in Umstead park.  A “Score-O” involves a course with no predetermined route, in which competitors decide which controls they want to visit, and in which order.  This event will have 1-, 2-, and 6-hour options.  It is open only to advance BOK members who have successfully completed an expert (brown, green, red, or blue) course, as well as advanced members of other orienteering clubs and active military personnel.  Competitors from other clubs or from the military will need to pay $15 to help us with our map and insurance expenses.  You must preregister for this event here before Friday December 8 at 5:00 PM, so that we know how many maps to print.


Unlike previous years’ events which had one mass start and three finish times, this year’s event will have three mass starts and one common finish time.  In particular, start times will be 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM for the 6-, 2-, and 1-hour courses, respectively.  All courses will finish at 3:00, when all competitors must be off their course.  Maps will be ready for distribution one hour before each start time to provide competitors time for route planning.

Start, finish, and registration will be in Umstead West, just past the gate at the end of Old Reedy Creek Road.  (GPS coordinates = 35.847717, -78.776789).

Because of the extent of the course, the map for this event will need to be printed on multiple pages.  Each page will be at a scale of 1:10000, and will contain control descriptions for that page.  There will not be a master map that shows all control locations.  Controls will be worth between 1 and 9 points, with more distant and/or difficult controls generally being worth more points.  The 6-hour course should be (barely) clearable by the best orienteers in the region (not including Sergei from Charlotte), requiring approximately 29km of straight line distance between controls in order to clear.


Drinking water will not be available at any control; however, some park water fountains at relatively convenient locations will be marked on the map. Nonetheless, competitors in the 6-hour race are strongly advised to carry their own water.




November 14th, 2017

Information For Gray Owl Weekend

November 18-19, 2017 Birkhead Wilderness Events

Pre-registration required by Saturday morning at 7:00am.  Registration form below.
Please register early because this deadline just barely gives us time to print maps.

Here is a Google map with locations and directions.  It is also accessible from the website on the right hand menu under “BOK Information | Event Locations

Saturday @ Robbins Branch
(5527 Lassiter Mill Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205)

  • 11:00 – 1:00 (advanced through expert)  Orange, Brown, Green & Red Courses all have individual starts
  • There will be no White, Yellow or Beginner Class on Saturday
  • There are “score” controls at the beginning and then classic point to point for the last part of the course
  • 2:00 Course closed & Control Pickup
  • Please plan to help with control pickup.  We need to move controls from Robins Branch to Gray Owl and reset them for the night event.

Saturday at Gray Owl (1725 Gray Owl Rd.)

  • 3:00 Covered dish lunch for BOK members (Chicken provided)
  • 6:00 Mass Start Advanced Night “O”

Sunday at Gray Owl

  • 10:00 – 1:00 individual starts for all courses (beginners – expert) White through Blue
  • 10:30 beginner class
  • 1:00 Pizza lunch
  • Course closes at 2pm

Camping is available at Gray Owl – you can even sleep in the Caboose.  If you would rather be inside, toss your sleeping bag on a couch or the floor in the house.  Also, there are plenty of hotels in Asheboro.   You can shower at Gray Owl House, just bring your own towel.

Event Details:

Saturday 11:00 – 1:00:  On the expert courses the first 10 controls can be taken in any order. Red (6.8km 26 controls) competitors must visit all 10 controls.  Green (5.7km 22 controls) competitors may skip one of the first 10 controls and Brown (3.8km 17 controls) competitors can skip 3 of the first 10 controls.

The advanced (Orange) course is a normal point to point course there are no skipped controls. (3.5km 12 controls)

After the event we will go to Gray Owl for a late lunch.  Bring a dish to share if you like.  Ruth and I will provide roast chicken from KFC.

Saturday Night 6:00 mass start 90 minute time limit: This is open to everyone who has successfully completed an orange course.  There are 34 controls that can be visited in any order.  It is possible to visit all the controls in 6km.  The first digit of the control number is the point value, thus 43 is worth 4 points.  The 90 minute time limit is exact.  There is a 7 point penalty for one second over the time limit and there is a 1 point penalty at the start of each additional minute over the time limit.

Sunday 10:00 – 1:00 Open event for Beginner through Expert:  At 10:30 we will have an introduction to Orienteering class.  There are individual starts on all courses from 10:00 until 1:00 and the course closes at 2:00pm.

  • White – 12 controls 1.8km
  • Yellow – 16 controls 2.6km
  • Orange – 14 controls 3.3km
  • Brown – 12 controls 3.7km
  • Green – 17 controls 5.5km
  • Red – 17 controls 6.4km
  • Blue – 23 controls 7.8km

After the course we will have a pizza lunch.  Joseph and Ruth will provide the pizza and you can bring a dish to share if you like.

Control pickup after lunch can start as early as 2pm.

Josef, Joseph and Ruth collaborated in the design of the courses.

Registration For Nov 18-19 Events
  1. (required)
  2. (required)
  3. BOK Member?
  4. Choose your course.
  5. Saturday-Open Advanced Event at Robbins Branch

  6. Saturday - Night O at Gray Owl

  7. Sunday Open Event at Gray Owl||

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

November 7th, 2017

Results for Chapel Hill Street-O

    Chapel Hill Street-O, 05 November 2017 It was a perfect day for distance running (low 50’s and overcast) and 24 brave orienteers came out to Hargraves Community center in Chapel Hill to attempt the inaugural Chapel Hill street-O. 44 ‘controls’ were spread over a 21 square-kilometer area, requiring well over 25 miles to […]

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November 7th, 2017

Bubbagoat Results

    Bubbagoat 2017, Eno River State Park   A great weekend of orienteering kicked-off at Eno River with the Bubbagoat race. After a quick pre-race briefing, orienteers took off en masse toward thier first control. The shorter Pygmygoat course shared the first three controls with the Bubbagoat, so there were plenty of opportunities at […]

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