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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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September 25th, 2015

Regular Event at Birkhead, October 4, 2015 (rain or shine)

Update: October 04, 2015 @ 07:33

Everything looks good.  The forecast is for Light Drizzle, and only 30% at that.  We had conditions like that yesterday.  It is cool, windy, and didn’t rain much last night.  Orange and above crosses a creek that you can usually cross on some rocks to keep your feet dry, but yesterday morning it was about knee deep.  It is probably down since it didn’t do more than sprinkle yesterday or last night, but plan on getting your feet wet.


Update: October 03, 2015 @ 20:30

We are planning on having the orienteering event at Gray Owl rain or shine. We will only postpone the event if conditions are unsafe. You can look on here after 7:30 am Sunday to check on the status.

We have a large sheltered deck where we can see the start and finish as well as a place where you can change your clothes (so bring your towel). There is also a kitchen so lunch stuff can be refrigerated and/or heated up.

Please fill out the courtesy registration below so I will know about how many are coming.  If you already registered and have decided not to come please unregister by filling out the form and selecting “Remove my previous Registration” on the last question even if you do so Saturday morning.


Sep 25, 2015 @ 22:34

Everyone is welcome at the first Regular Event in the Birkhead Wilderness near Asheboro, NC.  The event starts at Noon with a beginners class at 12:30.

After the event at about 2pm we will have a pot luck lunch, so bring something to share if you can.  We will be filling out the lunch with some pizzas so plan to stay even if you can’t bring something.

The event will start at Joseph and Ruth’s house they call Gray Owl.  The address is 1725 Gray Owl Road, Asheboro, NC.

We are trying out a new way of supporting our event expenses and mapping projects.  Instead of entry fees we will have One Week Memberships.  The one week membership dues will be the same as our previous event fees, however it will also include “Member Only” events for the week.  For example the membership will include the pot luck lunch at this event.  In addition the membership will include the OUSA insurance and provide us with fewer regulations at some of our venues.

To have an idea of how many people will be attending we have a “Courtesy Registration” for this event.  Please register if you  think you may be coming. (you can un-register using the same form)

We will have a full set of courses from beginner through advanced, so let us know how many maps you will need of each course.

  1. White (Beginner 1.7k)
  2. Yellow (Intermediate 2.2k)
  3. Orange (Advanced 3.5k )
  4. Brown (Expert 3.8k)
  5. Green (Expert 5.6k)
  6. Red (Expert 6.8k)
  7. Blue (Expert 8.4k)
Birkhead Registration
    One Registration per Entry (2 going together is 1 entry)
    1. (required)
    2. (valid email required)
    3. (required)
    4. Pot Luck
    5. Register or Un-Register




    September 22nd, 2015

    Results for Umstead South (20 Sept 2015)

    A really fun meet on a great day in the piedmont attracted over 100 orienteers to get out into the woods of Umstead State Park. There was a tricky leg on the white course that required competitors to pass by a control (#56) that was not on their course, on their way to their next […]

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    September 14th, 2015

    Umstead South Event, Sunday 20 Sept, Everyone welcome!

    On Sunday (20 Sept) we will be back to the south side of Umstead for a regular orienteering event.  Everyone is welcome.  We will conduct a beginner’s class at 12:30, and will offer courses for every ability and endurance level.  Compete, or just have fun.  Go individually, or in a group.  Go with another human, or with a dog.

    Start any time between noon and 2:00 from the shelter that is northwest of the Reedy Creek parking area (earlier starts for advanced courses can probably be accommodated if you contact the event director).  Directions to the event are here.

    Reminder:  Klub memberships run through August, so if you haven’t already renewed, this meet is a great opportunity to join or renew.

    If you plan on bringing a group of more than 5 people, please email the event director (David Waller) at dw.orienteer@gmail.com to let him know so that we can print enough maps for everyone.

    Course lengths:  White (1.7km); Yellow (2.6km); Orange (3.9km); Brown (4.3km); Green (5.6km); Red (7.8km); Blue (9.9km).

    September 10th, 2015

    Results for Crabtree, Aug 30 2015

    We finally (after much delay due to some computer problems) have results for the Advanced event at Lake Crabtree on August 30, 2015.

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    August 19th, 2015

    Lake Crabtree Advanced Event (30 August)

    The advanced meet scheduled for 30 August at Lake Crabtree has been approved by park management.  This will be an advanced event, open to any BOK club members who have successfully completed an orange (or more advanced) course.  Note that if there are heavy rains before the event, the park will close the trails and we will not be allowed to hold this meet.  Check this website shortly before the event to confirm whether it is happening.


    This meet will have brown, green, and red courses designed by David Waller and set by Josef Trzicky.  Ken. Hanson will handle registration.  You must pre-register by noon of August 28 (Friday) to ensure that we print a map for you.


    Unlike previous summer events at Lake Crabree, the courses for this event are not sprints, but are much more like classic or middle-distance courses.  Preliminary course lengths are as follows:  brown: 3.6km (9 controls);  green: 5.5km (14 controls);  red: 6.7km (18 controls).

    (Addendum:   We should be ready for first starts by around 10:00am.   Ken.)