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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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July 23rd, 2015

Birkhead Events August 1 & 2

August 2, 2015 – Starts from 9am-noon – Birkhead, Gray Owl

This will be an Advanced event and Orange (if we have orange registrations by Thursday morning) open to BOK Members.  We will start from Joseph’s house at 1725 Gray Owl Road, Asheboro, NC.  You must pre-register for this event and indicate whether you are running Advanced or Orange.  (There will NOT be an event at Lake Johnson.)

P0t-luck Sunday after the event, at about 2pm.  We have a full kitchen so you can refrigerate or heat your dish as needed.

Possible Sprint Saturday evening, August 1st ???

If there is enough registrations by 7am Thursday July 30 I will set up a sprint for Saturday with starts from 5-6pm. The sprint difficulty will be Orange.  You must pre-register for this event separately from the advanced event by Thursday morning.

Sleep over at Gray Owl:

If you are doing the sprint and/or the advanced or orange events and want to spend Saturday night at Gray Owl we would be glad to have you.  There are three sleeping options:

  • Stay in the house on beds, couches or floor depending on how many are staying.
  • Camp in the woods.
  • Sleep in our railroad Caboose. (A real caboose on it’s own short track in the middle of the woods.)
Registrations for ORANGE and SPRINT must be done by 7am Thursday July 30, 2015  
Advanced registrations can be as late as Saturday Noon.
 
If there are changes to the plans I will email registered participants and update the website.  
 
Sprint 1.9k  15 controls
Orange 3.2k 8 controls
Brown 3.7k  10 controls 
Green 5.4k  13 controls
Red 6.4k 18 controls
July 20th, 2015

Results for Bond Park (Middle Distance), July 19 2015

Josef Trzicky designed a Middle Distance course (shorter than a regular course, slightly longer than a sprint but otherwise very similar with many short quick controls and rapid decisions) for summertime in Bond Park. As expected, the day was warm and quite humid, somewhat mitigated by the early start time. The following people helped put […]

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July 3rd, 2015

Falls Lake Advanced June 14 – Results

Sorry about the long delay in getting these results out. This event event was 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 […]

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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
<href=”http://www.ocin.org/flying_pig/farsta_example.html”>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