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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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May 19th, 2015

May 17, 2015 Umstead South Results

We lucked out on the weather.  The forecasted rain never showed up and it didn’t get too hot.  We had a good turnout, not too many, not too few. We also had a good turnout of Scouts.  Ian Meredith was working on his Scout orienteering requirements and set the controls out for the White and Yellow […]

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May 17th, 2015

Lake Crabtree Line-O Advanced May 24

We will have a Line-O event on May 24 at Lake Crabtree.

This is an advanced event for club members who are ready to do orange level courses or above.

Line-O is an event where the map will have a line which you must follow to find the controls which are somewhere along the line. No controls are actually marked on the map. You may miss one control. Rather than calculating penalties, I have decided to score goat-style, so there is no penalty for missing one control, but otherwise you will get DNF. The controls will be placed in ascending numerical order along the line, so if you find you missed one, it will be your choice to skip it or go back for this one and maybe skip a later one. Controls should be visible within about 10-15m of the line, but you may have passed a control before you can see it, for example if it’s on the back side of a tree. Controls may be at bends on the line or somewhere along a straight section, but they will be on features that you would expect for a normal orienteering event, boulder, reentrant, etc. This is a great way to improve your navigation precision.

If I have time, I’ll set out a three or four control model event where you can practice if you’ve never tried this before.

As usual for advanced events, pre-registration is required by Friday noon. We had some issues with the registration page earlier in the week, but registration is now working, so I’ll take registrations up to Friday midnight.

Ian Shields.

May 10th, 2015

Umstead Event May 17, 2015 Everyone Welcome

Everyone is welcome at this Sunday’s (May 17, 2015) event at Umstead South.

We will have a beginner class at 12:30 and we will have beginner through expert courses.  If you haven’t been to one of our events before you may find our Newcomer Information useful.  If you are bringing more than 5 people to our event please pre-register so we can be sure to print enough maps for everyone.

Umstead South, Reedy Creek is located off I-40.  Here are directions.  The start will be at the large shelter NW of the parking area.

We will have the event rain or shine, and are looking forward to seeing you at the event.

April 20th, 2015

Results for Advanced Event in Birkhead Wilderness – Apr 19, 2015

Beautiful open forest, tough courses, hard rain, orienteerers having fun! Thank you all for coming! And special thanks to Ian for staying late and picking all the controls. Much appreciated! Vladimir and Tatyana Results Brown Course: 10 KP 3.9 km 1 Casey Critchfield 3:00:21 40 41 42 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 2 […]

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April 20th, 2015

Results for Regular Event in Raven Rock State Park – Apr 12, 2015

Raven Rock is the most challenging place we use for orienteering around here. Combination of thick vegetation, hills, and somewhat outdated map makes it hard. Really hard. Just to be there and complete a course is an achievement! Kudos to everyone who came – you rock! For this meet we didn’t have an assigned meet […]

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