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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February 19th, 2018

Results for Eno River (18 Feb 2018)

  Sunday was a near-perfect day for orienteering, and BOK held its first public event at Eno River State park. We offered six point-to-point orienteering courses, and two Fox-O score courses for radio orienteering. An enthusiastic group of beginner, intermediate and advanced orienteers enjoyed their courses, and nearly everyone completed their course successfully. Thanks to […]

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February 12th, 2018

Results for Umstead South, Feb. 04, 2018

Wet Sunday!

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February 6th, 2018

ARDF Training Week Feb 17-25th



Details for Wednesday, Feb. 21th

3:00 – 5:00 pm

  • We will have a short 80m Classic at Schenck Forest.
  • Beginners course and instruction any  time
  • Please register or email by 2:00 pm if you are coming

We have plenty of brand new high quality receivers for you to use.
Bring your own headphones. 
(We have headphones you can use but I think you will prefer your own.)

We will have beginners instruction at every event.

Here is the week’s schedule. (Event descriptions below.)  Please register for events you plan on attending.  You can submit one form for multiple events if you want to plan ahead, or submit the form each time you plan to attend a single event if you want to stay flexible.

BOK ARDF Training Week February 17-25, 2018
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  5. If you change your plans please return and remove your registration here. Be sure to check which events you want to be removed from.
  6. Please answer the question to prove you are human.

Classic 80m and 2m events consist of 5 controls.  All the transmitters are on the same frequency and each transmitter turns on for 1 minute and off for 4 minutes, then the sequence repeats.  To qualify you only need to get 1 transmitter, the beacon, and finish on time.

Sprint course has 2 sets of 5 controls.  Each set has its own frequency, and one set beeps faster.  Each transmitter is on for 12 seconds and off for 48 seconds.  You find one set, punch in at the beacon, get the second set and finish.  The beacon has its own frequency and is on continuously.

FoxOring course is a Score course, so you can take the controls in any order.  Control locations are  marked on the map, and the transmitter is within 50m of the the center of the circle. You orienteer to control location, however when you are about 50m from the transmitter you can hear the signal, and use your radio receiver to locate the transmitter without going to the circle location.  You punch in at the transmitter, not the location on the map.  (Usually there is no flag at the location marked on your map, however at this event there will be a flag at the marked location, but don’t punch in there, punch in at the transmitter.

Demonstration course: Two transmitters on different frequencies are on continuously.  Course length about 300m.

BOK has 7 high quality 80 meter receivers to loan out at the events, so if you haven’t tried it before be sure to try it out at the Open event and then attend some of the others.

Details for Monday, Feb. 19th

We will have a beginner course as well as a full Sprint course at Schenck Forest.  The event is from 2pm – 5pm.  We need to start pickup at 5:30.  The sprint course is about 1.5k, an can be completed in 15-30 minutes.  The beginner course will be about 500m and you can get a good feel for the sport and learn to use the equipment in about 15 minutes, and another 15 minutes to run the course.

Details for Tuesday, Feb. 20th

We had a small group in the cold fog at Schenck on Monday.  We learned that Sprints are hard!  We are going for Sprints again on Tuesday.  We will have two sets of sprints:

  • 1:00 – 5:00 Beginner’s course (instruction and equipment provided)
  • 1:00 – 2:30 pm first sprint
  • 2:30 – 3:00 pm Change course
  • 3:00 – 4:30 Second Sprint
  • 5:00 pm pick up beginner’s course
February 5th, 2018

Eno River Open Event Feb. 18, 2018

Everyone is welcome to our first public orienteering event at Eno River State Park, on Sunday, 18 February. Registration will be at the Fews Ford shelter, just west of the loop parking lot at the end of Cole Mill Road.  (GPS coordinates = 36.073616, -79.007005).  IMPORTANT:  DO NOT PARK IN THE LOOP PARKING LOT.  Instead, just before getting to the parking lot, turn left (look for the BOK sign) and follow the park’s service road for approximately 200 meters.  Turn around on this road (busses can use the turn-around loop), and then park on the right (south) shoulder.  Doing this will keep us in good graces with park management, and will not significantly impact your walk to the start.  See the Figure below for a map of the parking and registration area.

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.

Radio Orienteering (ARDF amateur radio direction finding)

In addition to a full set of standard point-to-point orienteering courses, we will offer three Radio Orienteering courses.  First we will have a demonstration course for people who are interested in trying this variation of orienteering.  This short course will let you try the basics and shouldn’t take more than about 15 minutes.  In addition to the demonstration we will offer a short and medium FoxOring course.  FoxOring Radio-O courses minimise the frustrations of both Orienteering and Radio-O.  First of all it is a Score course, so you can take the controls in any order.  You navigate toward the circle marked on the map, when you are about 50m from the transmitter you can hear the signal, and you use your radio receiver to locate the transmitter which could be up to 40m from the location of the circle on your map.  We hope you will give Radio-O a try.  We have some excellent receivers for you to use.  You should bring your own headphones or you can use the ones we have.

Tentative course information:

  • Beginner (white): 1.9 km (11 controls)
  • Intermediate (yellow): 2.7 km (11 controls)
  • Advanced (orange): 3.7 km (11 controls)
  • Expert short (brown): 3.5 km (9 controls)
  • Expert medium (green): 5.2 km (8 controls)
  • Expert long (red): 6.3 km (8 controls)
  • Expert Fox Oring short score:  appx. 4 km (6 controls)
  • Expert Fox Oring medium score:  appx. 5 km (8 controls)

Unless the river level is dangerously high, competitors on the orange, brown, green, red, and FoxOring courses should plan on at least one wet foot crossing of the Eno River.  The water should not be more than calf-deep, and will come toward the end of the course.

The scale of the map for the beginner and intermediate courses will be 1:5000.  For the advanced and expert courses, it will be 1:10000.   A few notes about Eno River State Park and its new map are available from this PDF document: EnoRiver-VenueandMapNotes.  Participants on all courses except beginner (white) are advised to wear leg protection.


January 28th, 2018

Umstead South Open Event Feb 4

The event is going on as planned.  We will have a fire in the shelter to warm up at the shelter, but you should plan to carry a warm jacket and your cell phone in case you suffer an injury. Hypothermia is a possibility if you are hurt – be prepared!

Umstead South is the venue for our next Open Orienteering Event where everyone is welcome.  We will have beginner through expert courses as well as an introductory class at 12:30.

The start is at the large shelter to the northwest of the parking area. Take I-40 to the Harrison Ave exit (287) and go north to the parking lot at the end of the road. You should see BOK signs pointing to the shelter.

If you are bringing a group of 5 or more people please preregister for this event NO LATER THAN Noon Friday February 2. Note that your groups will still need individual or team entry forms which you can fill in on site or in advance.

If you are bringing a bus for your group, please email
by early Friday February 2 so I can let the park know what to expect.