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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May 23rd, 2016

Lake Crabtree members event – Sunday June 5

This event will be a Farsta relay at Lake Crabtree County Park. 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 forking controls determines the possible number of relay legs. For example, two loops with four shared fork 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 Farsta example.

There will be orientation to the event format and course assignment at noon and a mass start around 12:15. If you can’t make the mass start, we can start you individually later. Last start no later than 2:00 and courses close at 3:00.

Course level is orange and there are 11 controls on each of the two legs. Legs range from 1.7km to 2.2km with a total for each of your two legs just under 4km.

Start will be between the volleyball court and the northern shelter in the parking lot after the boat rental parking lot as I do not yet know if the construction area in the boat rental lot will be complete before the event. This lot is the 5th driveway on the right after the park entrance. The park entrance is at 1400 Aviation Parkway (First light south from I-40 exit 285).

As usual for advanced events, pre-registration is required by Friday noon. This is particularly important for this format as there are two distinct maps for each competitor. JROTC groups who are ready for orange and want a year-end fun event are also welcome to attend.

Ian Shields

May 23rd, 2016

Results — Umstead North, 22 May

  22 May 2016, Umstead North Dozens of orienteers, many of whom were first-timers, enjoyed the woods of Umstead on Sunday along one (or more) of seven different orienteering courses that ranged from beginner to expert. Most finishers returned in high spirits, and we hope to see everyone come back to our next open meet […]

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May 14th, 2016

Open event at Umstead North, 22 May

We welcome everyone to come out to Umstead State Park this Sunday, May 22. We will be in the north side of the park, at shelter #1, (GPS coordinates = 35.871679, -78.759139). 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 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. 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 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.

One unusual feature of this event will be the offering of two advanced (orange-level) courses that differ only in their overall length.  Course lengths are:

Beginner (white): 2.1 km (14 controls)
Intermediate (yellow): 3.4 km (11 controls)
Advanced short (orange): 3.2 km (7 controls)
Advanced long (orange): 5.1 km (9 controls)
Expert short (brown): 3.8 km (10 controls)
Expert medium (green): 5.7km (14 controls)
Expert long (red): 8.3 km (22 controls)

The beginner (white), intermediate (yellow), advanced (orange) and short expert (brown) courses will pass near park water fountains, which will be marked on your map as either a blue circle or a red refreshment symbol. The medium (green) and long (red) expert courses will have drinking water at one control, approximately half way through the course. 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 something to protect your legs from Umstead’s off-trail vegetation and blood thirsty insect population.

May 10th, 2016

May 14, 2016 (Saturday) – Sprints at Bond Lake Park

There will be two sprint courses (about 2 km each) set at Bond Lake Park on May 14 (note that it is Saturday!).
Everybody who is ready to do Orange courses is welcome. If you’ve done Yellow and want to advance to Orange, it’d be a good time to do it – the courses will be easier than regular Orange.
Park at the Senior Center. The start will be open from 10 AM till noon and everybody is expected to finish by 1 PM. You can run both courses, if you wish.

If you are bringing a group of 5 or more people please pre-register for this event.

– Vladimir and Tatyana

April 18th, 2016

Gray Owl Open Event April 24, 2016 Results

We had excellent weather for a challenging event at Gray Owl, and I’m afraid there were more DNF’s than I like.  The Davie HS teams picked the wrong event to move from Orange to Brown.  The Orange to Brown transition is the most difficult in the sequence of courses, because while the length doesn’t change […]

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