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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 21st, 2014

Sprint event at Lake Crabtree July 27 Updated July 26

The sprint event at at Lake Crabtree County Park, will start at 11:00 next Sunday. Courses will be open till 2:00. There will be two courses each 2.2km in length with ten controls. Do either or both.

Directions The park is at 1400 Aviation Parkway. Take I-40 to Exit 285 which is Aviation Parkway. Go a short distance South to the first crossroad after the Interstate. Turn left into the park. Start will be on the East side of the boat rental parking lot.

Most trails were open Saturday, so we expect no issues Sunday..

Everyone ready to do Orange level is welcome. Orange level courses go cross country rather than along trails, but this park has lots of trails, so you won’t ever be too far from one. These are also sprint courses, so shorter than our regular orange courses.

If you are new to orange, we will run a brief orientation course to help you with the transition from yellow at 11:30. You can practice your control description symbols using an online interactive quiz for learning or reviewing the IOF symbols. And we’ll have clue sheets with translations between the international control symbols and English text descriptions.

Regular fees apply.

You must pre-register before Noon Friday July 25.

Ian Shields

June 16th, 2014

Results for advanced event at Umstead West (15 June 2014)

  While most folks around the Triangle were celebrating Father’s day, a group of advanced orienteers came to Umstead instead to honor the much lesser-known holiday “rootstock appreciation day”.   With only three exceptions, every control on each course was at a rootstock – some were large, new, obvious, and magnificent; others were old, decaying, small, […]

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June 9th, 2014

Advanced event at Umstead West: 15 June

The advanced event at Umstead West this Sunday, June 15, has been approved. Start between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM; control pickup will start at 3:00 PM. Please pre-register online by Friday at noon.

Preliminary course and map notes: Three advanced courses will be offered: brown (3.7 km, 8 controls), green (5.2 km; 10 controls), and red (7.6 km; 13 controls). All competitors should note two novel features of these courses. First, there will be a new control type called a ‘hide’ which consists of a teepee of sticks and branches constructed by the course setter. These teepees may be between 0.4 and 2.0 m high, and the control flags will be placed inside them. They are represented on the map by a green circle, and their control description will be a circle (man-made object). Second, all deadfall and rootstocks, except those used as control locations will be left off of the map.

Directions: Take Weston Pkwy to Old Reedy Creek road and cross over the interstate. Start/Finish will be in the small patch of rough-open w/ scattered trees along the bike path at the west side of the Umstead map (approximate GPS coordinates = 35.847501,-78.777022).

June 7th, 2014

Results for June 1, 2014 event in South Umstead

First of all I want to thank everybody who helped with this event. So many people contributed, even a few people who weren’t able to come to the actual event! Joseph Huberman and Ruth Bromer – designed courses, printed map, provided overall organization. Joseph also taught the beginners class Ian Shields – set ribbons Kelly […]

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May 10th, 2014

Mother’s Day Sprint Results at Lake Johnson 5/11/14

We had perfect weather for the Mother’s Day Sprint at Lake Johnson and we started early to get ahead of the heat. Ruth designed the courses so the pace would be fast.  The difficulty was mostly Orange and Vladimir topped the speed at 8:20 per K for the best run of the event. We started […]

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