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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October 23rd, 2016

Results — Carolina Friends School

22 Oct, Carolina Friends School Saturday was a picture-perfect day for orienteering in a beautiful new venue for BOK – Carolina Friends School campus in Chapel Hill. The event brought out many of the regular local orienteers, as well as several families from the school community. There were two relatively short “sprint” courses offered – […]

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October 20th, 2016

Members event: Eno River State Park, 29&30 Oct

Update:  Eno River State Park will allow us to open their gate on Saturday night to let out people who cannot camp.  Thus, you may now register for the night event without planning on camping.  The only caveat is that we are only allowed to open the gate once, so all people who wish to leave must leave en masse.  Gate opening time is currently scheduled at 10:30 PM.

On Saturday and Sunday October 29 & 30, BOK will hold three Member events at Eno River State Park: a Saturday afternoon forest sprint; a Saturday night-O; and a Sunday morning classic event.  Attend one, two, or all three; but note that attendance for the night-O on Saturday will require camping out at the park.  Find out all of the details about this orienteering weekend from this .pdf file.

These events are open to advanced orienteers and BOK members who have completed an orange (or more advanced) course.  You must pre-register for this event (see below), preferably before 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 26th, so that we know how many maps to print.  Parking for the sprint and classic event will be at the Fews Ford area of the park, at the looping parking lot at the end of the park road (GPS coordinates:  36.073867, -79.006216; Map here).  Starts for the Saturday sprint will be between 3:00 and 4:00, with control pickup beginning around 4:30.  Starts for the night event will be between 8:00 and 9:00 PM.  Starts for the Sunday event will be between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

Read more details about this event here.

Registration For Oct. 29-30 Sprint/Night/Classic
  1. (required)
  2. (required)
  3. BOK Member?
  4. Choose one map for each event. Choose no map if you aren't attending that event.
  5. Sprint/Saturday
  6. Night / Saturday Night
  7. Classic / Sunday
  8. A Finger Stick is required. Do you need to rent a Finger Stick?
  9. .............IF YOU RENT A Finger Stick, how do you want your name to show in the results?
  10. (valid email required)
  11. Attending event?

  12. (required)

October 18th, 2016

Members event at Carolina Friends School, 22 October

On Saturday October 22, BOK will hold a Member event on a brand new sprint map of Carolina Friends School in Chapel Hill. This is event is open only to: (a) BOK members or (b) students, family, faculty, or staff of Carolina Friends School. Members of the school community will be charged $2 per person, to cover BOK’s costs. Please pre-register for this event here, preferably before Friday, October 21, so that we know how many maps to print. Two short (2.5 km) sprint courses will be offered on a brand new 1:5000 map. The school is located on Friends School Road, and registration will be in front of the main gym (GPS coordinates: 36.007172, -79.022180; Map here). Starts can be accommodated between noon and 2:00, with control pickup beginning around 3:00.

October 17th, 2016

Results for Open event at Raven Rock State Park – Oct 16

After Hurrican Matthew threatened to shut down this event, we were able to hold it. We had lovely sunny fall weather. The rhododendron/laurel undergrowth makes this a challenging location and a few extra thorns don’t help. Most competitors enjoyed themselves and found the courses challenging, particularly the orange and up, although even yellow had some […]

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October 7th, 2016

Club Shirts for BOK

We have been considering BOK club shirts for a few years, but have been put off by the high cost of the shirts.  While we were competing in the ARDF (Radio-O) World Championships held in Bulgaria last month, Ruth and I met representatives of Siven, a Bulgarian company that makes high quality athletic shirts at reasonable prices, about $20-$25 each.  These are the designs that we got in Bulgaria, but they will help us with a unique club design at no additional cost, and they only have a 5 shirt minimum.


Siven has two different fabrics.  I have worn both.  The mesh is really cool.  Once it is damp the evaporation from both the mesh and my skin makes it cooler than no shirt at all.


The other fabric is very smooth and thin.  If you want to wear your shirt around town the smooth fabric is much more comfortable.  While it is still a cool fabric it isn’t air-conditioned like the mesh.


We would like to make design decisions before the end of the year, so we welcome your comments and design input.  Siven has a website where you can customize a design and you are welcome to play around with designs on the site.

Individual shirts can also be customized with your name.

Just to get a rough idea about how much interest there is please fill out this form.  There is absolutely no commitment, this form is just to gauge your interest in having a club shirt, and in what direction we should focus on.

BOK Club Shirt
  1. (required)
  2. (valid email required)
  3. What style are you interested in? (Check all that apply.)