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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September 16th, 2016

Members Event & Pot Luck @ Gray Owl September 25

The September 25 members event is confirmed at 1725 Gray Owl Road in Asheboro. (Please drive all the way in, turn around in the circle, and park in the driveway heading out.)

The event will start at 10am, and the course closes at 2pm. If you need an earlier start let me know and I’ll try to arrange it for you. Bring a towel if you want to shower before the drive home.

As usual for Gray Owl we will have a potluck and pizza lunch at 1pm. (There is no requirement to bring food as we will have pizza, but any additions are welcome.)

You should pre-register for this event.

We will have advanced through expert courses.

We will also have a short Radio-Orienteering course set up until 4pm.

Don’t forget that memberships need to be renewed in September. You can renew your membership at the event.

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  3. A Finger Stick is required. Do you need to rent a Finger Stick?
  4. .............IF YOU RENT A Finger Stick, how do you want your name to show in the results?
  5. (valid email required)
  6. Attending event?

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  8. Attending lunch?
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September 14th, 2016

Results for Sep11, 2016 event in South Umstead

It was hot and humid. Despite being in September – truly a summer event. David Waller designed very challenging courses for all levels. Nothing was easy! Special thank you to people who helped with the event: – Ian Shields – teaching the class – Jacob Edwards, Joe Lane and Megan Rogers – controls pick-up – […]

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September 2nd, 2016

September is membershp renewal time

Remember that BOK memberships run through August. If you have not yet renewed for 2016-2017 (September through August), now is the time. Renew online at the BOK Store or at a meet. Membership is $30 for individuals and $45 for families, and this includes your entry fee to all our open and member events. The entry includes one map per event for individual members, and two maps for family memberships.

Ian Shields

August 25th, 2016

Open event at Umstead South, 11 Sept

We welcome everyone to celebrate the beginning of National Orienteering Week at Umstead State Park on Sunday, September 11. We will be in the south side of the park, at the shelter that is north of the main parking lot, (GPS coordinates = 35.838058, -78.760682). 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.

Courses are designed by David Waller, and set by the event directors, Vladimir and Tatyana Stemkovski.  Course lengths are:

Beginner (white): 1.8 km (12 controls)
Intermediate (yellow): 2.5 km (14 controls)
Advanced (orange): 3.8 km (13 controls)
Expert short (brown): 4.7 km (10 controls)
Expert medium (green): 6.1 km (14 controls)
Expert long (red): 7.3 km (18 controls)

The scale of the map for the beginner and intermediate courses will be 1:5000; for the advanced and expert short course it will be 1:7500; and for the medium and long expert courses it will be 1:10000. Magnetic north will be parallel to the page edge (thus no need to correct for declination.) Rootstocks will not be mapped, unless they are used as control locations. In that case, they will be mapped simply with a north-aligned green X.

Participants on all courses except beginner (white) are advised to wear leg protection.


August 24th, 2016

Open Sprint at Schenck Forest Results

Hot and humid weather, dense forest. James Batchelder, please contact us!

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