Everyone is Welcome at our “Open” events
BOK has some events for everyone and some just for members.
- Open Events: Everyone is welcome. Starts begin at noon. We offer a beginners class at 12:30. (Groups over 5 must pre-register)
- BOK Members Free (Membership Information)
- Not a BOK Member entry fee information
- $5 for each non-member entry and includes one map. People going out together as a group can register as one entry
- $2 for each additional map so everyone in your group can have a map.
- $5 for rental of “finger stick”. Each entry must have a “finger stick” for safety and timing. The finger stick is used to “punch in” at each “control” (a “control” is the checkpoint flag you are looking for.) You can purchase your own finger stick to avoid this expense at our events.
- Members Events: Must be a BOK member. (Everyone is welcome to join BOK.) Check the calendar for start times and course closing times. Confirm the difficulty level because many members events are at the expert level only. It’s best if you have your own Finger Stick. Must pre-register at least two days before the event.
BOK has different types of events at various difficulty levels.
Check below the schedule for explanations of the different events and difficulty levels.
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|May 14 2016 (Sat)||10:00AM||Open||Bond Park||Approved||Vladimir||two 2km sprints, advanced yellow-orange difficulty|
|May 22 2016 (Sun)||12:00PM||Open||Umstead North||Approved||Dave||Beginner - Expert, Longer than usual courses|
|Jun 05 2016 (Sun)||12:00PM||Members||Lake Crabtree||Approved||Ian|
|Jul 03 2016 (Sun)||10:00AM||Informal||TBD||Pending Approval||Joseph & Ruth|
|Aug 20 2016 (Sat)||10:00AM||Open||Schenck||Pending Approval||Mihai|
|Sep 11 2016 (Sun)||12:00PM||Open||Umstead South||Approved||Dave|
|Sep 25 2016 (Sun)||12:00PM||Members||TBD||Pending Approval||Josef|
|Oct 02 2016 (Sun)||12:00PM||Members||Carolina North||Approved||Dave|
|Oct 16 2016 (Sun)||12:00PM||Open||Raven Rock||Pending Approval||Ian|
|Oct 29 2016 (Sat)||03:00PM||Members||Eno River||Approved||Dave|
|Oct 30 2016 (Sun)||12:00PM||Members||Eno River||Approved||Dave|
|Nov 06 2016 (Sun)||12:00PM||Open||Umstead North||Pending Approval||Vladimir|
|Nov 13 2016 (Sun)||12:00PM||Members||TBD||Pending Approval||Josef|
|Dec 04 2016 (Sun)||12:00PM||Members||Umstead West||Approved||Dave|
|Dec 11 2016 (Sun)||12:00PM||Open||Lake Crabtree||Pending Approval||Dave|
Types of Events
Here are some of the different types of events that are offered as either Open or Members events. Be sure to check the Difficulty level on the schedule, because you must have completed a course at or above that level to attend the event.
- Classic Events: These are our premier Open events where we offer all of the Difficulty levels and have beginners instruction. Each course has an assigned route and the controls must be taken in order. You must visit all the controls on your course and the shortest time wins. Unless otherwise stated, courses open at noon and close at 3pm, and pre-registration is not required.
- Sprint Events: These are short courses at the Advanced difficulty with lots of controls and direction changes. Usually there are two courses and you can do both. Other courses may also be available. Must pre-register at least two days before the event.
- Score Events: In Score events you may take the controls in any order and there is a strict time limit with penalties for returning overtime. Controls have a point value depending on their difficulty, and the high score wins. The Difficulty level will be specified in the schedule. There may be other rules as well.
- Night Events: Usually a score course with a mass start, where everyone starts at the same time. the event starts after dark, so check the calendar for start times. Be sure to check the Difficulty level on the schedule. Must pre-register at least two days before the event.
- Relay Event: Similar to a Sprint with short complex courses. There is a mass start with one person starting from each team. When a team member finishes the next team member starts. Check the difficulty level, usually at the Advanced level. Must pre-register at least two days before the event.
- ARDF Events: Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) is the sport of finding radio transmitters on foot, using radio receiver, map, and compass in diverse, wooded terrain. We have a limited amount of equipment to loan out so please contact us if you are interested in attending an ARDF event. ARDF information
Course Difficulty Levels
When a Difficulty for an event is mentioned in the schedule then you must have already succeeded on a course of at least that difficulty to attend the event.
Finishing a course should take about an hour, but can range from 20 minutes to 3 hours. Typical time on white is 40 minutes, yellow, an hour, and on the more advanced courses about 90 minutes. When you finish in less time, that’s the signal to move up to a more difficult course. We usually start at noon and close the course at 3pm, but you should check the course closing time at each event. We pick the controls up promptly at the closing time – you could volunteer to help if you want to collect some controls.
The stated length of the courses is a target for the course designer and may differ at an event. Here is a detailed description of the courses.
- Beginner: White course (1.6-2 km) – Follows trails or other linear map features. Controls are easily visible from the trail. Controls are frequently at decision points.
- Intermediate: Yellow course (2.5-3 km) – Mostly can be done by trails with options to take off-trail shortcuts. Controls are usually visible within 10 meters from a trail.
- Advanced: Orange course (3.3-3.5 km) – Off-trail navigation is necessary. Usually a “catch feature” or an “attack point” within 100m of a control. Trails can frequently be used as a route choice but usually are not the best way to go.
- Expert: Brown (3.6-3.8 km), Green (5.4-5.7 km), Red (6.4-7 km), and Blue (>7.5 km) courses – These courses are all as complex as the terrain allows with minimal use of trails and differ only in length.