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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April 24th, 2017

Results for open event at Carolina North Forest

23 April 2017, Carolina North Forest Over forty-five brave orienteers did not let the rain stop them from enjoying BOK’s first public event at Carolina North Forest. Although the conditions were rather soggy, the courses were fairly fast, and people were treated to a wide variety of terrain and map features. Runners on the expert […]

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April 12th, 2017

Open event at Carolina North Forest (Chapel Hill/Carrboro)

Everyone is welcome to our first public orienteering event at Carolina North Forest, on 23 April. Registration and starts will be near the parking lot of Seawell Elementary school (GPS coordinates = 35.940102, -79.078815). If you’re coming in a group of 5 or more, please pre-register here to help streamline your registration process, and to help ensure that we print enough maps. If you’re coming solo or in a smaller group, you can optionally save a bit of time at the registration table by filling out your entry form, available here, before you come; although you do not need to notify us that you’re coming. Whether you register online or in person, everyone should turn in their entry form (also available at the event) and start their course any time between noon and 2:00. If you’re new to orienteering, please arrive in time to get signed in before attending our beginner’s class at 12:30. Make sure that you report back to the finish by 3:00, because we will begin picking up all of the check points (controls) at that time.

Final course lengths are:

Beginner (white): 2.0 km (10 controls)
Intermediate (yellow): 2.5 km (9 controls)
Advanced (orange): 3.6 km (8 controls)
Expert short (brown): 3.8 km (9 controls)
Expert medium (green): 5.7 km (14 controls)
Expert long (red): 6.9 km (18 controls)

The scale of the map for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses will be 1:7500, and for the expert courses it will be 1:10000. Participants on all courses except beginner (white) are advised to wear leg protection.

April 3rd, 2017

Results for Members event in Birkhead Wilderness on Apr 2, 2017

It was a perfect day for orienteering. Nice weather, beautiful open forest. The courses didn’t have a lot of elevation gain (as far as Birkhead goes…), but were challenging from navigation stand point. Hence, the long times. While running in Birkhead, one has to be very careful to stay in tune with the map – […]

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March 27th, 2017

Results for Members Sprint event at Bond Park, March 26, 2017

We had a great turnout and wonderful weather for the Members Sprint event at Bond Park with most people running both courses. As it was the directors’ first time with course design and setting, there was a lot of valuable feedback from participants! Overall it was a great experience – for everyone, we hope! Special […]

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March 20th, 2017

Results for for Umstead South March 19 open event

We had a somewhat cold and windy day for Sunday but a good turnout nevertheless. Despite my best efforts to estimate map quantities, we ran out of orange and green maps and nearly ran out of red. My thanks to those who turned in their maps for others to use. Unfortunately three runners downloaded without […]

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