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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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June 13th, 2015

New Controls are Here

At our last meeting we decided to replace our controls.  Unfortunately the ones we wanted weren’t available at that time, but now we have them.  The quality seems to be better than the previous ones.  The seams containing the wires don’t have openings, and the wires have a long overlap.  These should last about 10 years and stay looking good.  I have devised a better way to attach the SI-boxes using wire and crimp connectors instead of string.  This stabilizes the controls, the boxes don’t flop around and come untied, and as a bonus they will hang level.

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The next step will be to take the old controls apart and assemble the new ones.  We can plan an “Assembly Party”, order some pizza and build the new controls.  This would also be a good time to replace any batteries that need replacing.

June 5th, 2015

Falls Lake Advanced June 14

Our next event is at Falls Lake on June 14.

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

Update Wednesday2015-06-10 I finally have what looks like a decent course design for a Farsta relay. Total length is about 3.8km, with each relay part approximately half that. I managed to avoid the nasty vegetation and much of the course will be fairly open. Nevertheless, be prepared for ticks. I got a couple on Saturday and there is long grass between the road and the start. When registering, please indicate whether you are participating in the Farsta relay or not, so I have enough maps of each type. See y’all Sunday.

The main event will be a Farsta relay. 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 controls determines the possible number of relay legs. For example, two loops with four shared controls gives 16 possible relay loops. Everyone runs the same total set of course segments eventually, but following might be very risky as two people may set off in different directions at a shared control. You can read more about the format at
Farsta example.

I will also have another course of 3.5km or so for anyone not wishing to do the relay.

There will be orientation to the event format and course assignment at noon and a mass start at 12:15. If you can’t make the mass start, I’ll figure out how to start you individually. Follow bright pink streamers/signs from the usual entrance on Old Weaver Trail to the start.

As usual for advanced events, pre-registration is required by Friday noon.

Ian Shields

May 26th, 2015

Lake Crabtree Line-O Advanced May 24 – Results

We had beautiful weather for the Line-O event on May 24 at Lake Crabtree. This was my first attempt to run a Line-O, so it was great to see that everyone had fun and found the course challenging. Well, except for Josef who thought it was too easy and won just to prove it. Joseph […]

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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.