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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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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August 14th, 2016

Radio-O at Carolina Forest 8/14/2014 Results

The event was a great success in that almost everyone found all the controls and had fun. In this White/Yellow level event there are 5 transmitters, each on a different frequency, transmitting continuously. There were a reasonable assortment of issues that make any ARDF event “unique”, shall I say.  We picked up a box of Chinese receivers […]

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August 7th, 2016

8/6/16 Gray Owl Score Results

Josef set a very challenging score course.  No one got even close to collecting them all.  Joseph got the most controls, however he should be disqualified because of his extensive home court advantage.  There was a 5 point per minute overtime penalty for the first 5 minutes, then 10 points per minute after that.  There […]

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July 29th, 2016

Results for May 14, 2016 event in Bond Lake park

Sorry for such a delay with posting the results… But I guess, better very late than never, so here it is. – Vladimir Results Sprint A Course: 12 KP 1.9 km 1 Mihai Ibanescu 18:28 40 41 42 43 44 45 49 46 50 51 47 48 2 Tim Devine 21:40 40 41 42 43 […]

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