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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November 22nd, 2020

2020-11-22 Umstead North results

Thanks to the park management at Umstead, we were allowed to hold an expert event with limited capacity at one of our favourite locations. The weather turned out to be perfect, the woods were wide open, and the courses were tricky. The terrain allowed for some fast running, but a small mistake could cost runners […]

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November 17th, 2020

Expert event at Umstead North Nov 22, 2020

We have reached the capacity in our permit, so registration is now closed.

We will have an expert event (brown through blue) on Sunday Nov 22 at Umstead North. We have approval for 25 participants only with 10:00 and 10:30 (sold out!) start windows. The current parking situation may mean that you have to wait to enter the park. If so, you will start whenever you arrive, up to 1:00 pm, if necessary. Courses will close at 2pm, or 3 hours after the last start if that is later.

Course lengths:

  • Brown: 3.7km
  • Green: 5.7km
  • Red: 6.6km
  • Blue: 7.8km

All the courses will be on the same map, so you don’t need to commit right now, you’ll be able to choose on the fly.

Register at the BOK Store. (The event is full.)

Map pickup and download will be at shelter #2 rather than the large shelter that we normally use. This is around the same parking lot that we always use. (When you enter the park from Glenwood Ave drive straight all the way to the end.)

Some notes related to COVID-19. Pre-registration to a particular start window is required. Please bring a face mask without a vent and wear it over your nose and mouth when around others. No mask, no map. Maintain social distance. There will be no beginner class and no white, yellow or orange courses. Please make sure to bring water, there is no water in the park.

Mihai and Imre

November 14th, 2020

Gray Owl Weekend Results Nov 14-15, 2020

Quite an ambitious event with white – blue orienteering courses, a 60 and 90 minute night event and a 2m ARDF event. The weather was perfect, cool and breezy. Thanks to Charles for setting up the ARDF event and to Josef and Jiri for picking up the far controls. All of this happened on the […]

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November 9th, 2020

Gray Owl Weekend Nov 14-15

  • Registration is open in our store.
  • When: Nov 14 – 15.
  • Saturday is opening day of long rifle hunting season, so be sure to wear bright orange if you are competing Saturday Day. No hunting at night or on Sunday. (Send me an email if you want to change from Saturday to Sunday.)
  • Where: 1725 Gray Owl Rd. Asheboro (Birkhead Wilderness)
  • What Events:
    • Sat: Open Orienteering White – Blue. First start 10am – course close 3pm. It will be the same courses on both days.
      • Beginner class at 11:45 am & 12:45 pm.
      • Advanced Orienteers please don’t select arrival time of 11:30 or 12:30 earmarked for beginners unless other times aren’t available.
    • Sat night: Night Orienteering. 60 & 90 minute competition. 6:30 pm mass start. Course closes at 8:00. Briefing at 6:15
    • Sun: Open Orienteering White – Blue. First start 9am – course close 3pm. It will be the same courses as Sat.
      • Beginner class at 12:45 pm.
      • Advanced Orienteers please don’t select arrival time of 12:30 earmarked for beginners unless other times aren’t available.
    • Sun: 2m Classic ARDF 9am – 2pm.
      • 2m Foxes 144.5
      • 2m Beacon 145.3

Night Orienteering will have a mass start at 6:30. A briefing will be at 6:15. Points will range from 1 to 10. Half the controls will not have reflectors and will be worth additional points. Points without reflectors will have a bold plus sign (+) in the control description. My optimum route is 6.8k so I expect some of you could clear it under 90 minutes.

Directions: Our mailbox at the intersection of Gray Owl and Hopewell Church Rd. has a faded control under it. When on Gray Owl Rd look for the first turn to the LEFT and follow the driveway to the TURN AROUND AREA, and use it to turn around so you can park on the RIGHT SIDE of the driveway heading OUT. Do not drive on the grass – you will get stuck.

Everyone is welcome at these events. We will have a beginner class that is limited to 10 people. Everyone must wear a mask over nose & mouth except when you are out on the course.

Final Course Lengths:

  • White 1.6
  • Yellow 2.5
  • Orange 3.3
  • Brown 3.8
  • Green 5.6
  • Red 6.5
  • Blue 8.5
  • Night 6.8 km; 219 m climb; 25 controls; 16 Reflectors
By the way, these are the standard BOK course lengths:
White           1.6 – 2  km
Yellow          2.5 – 3   km
Orange         3.3  – 3.5  km
Brown          3.6 – 3.8  km
Green          5.4 – 5.7 km
Red              6.4 – 7    km
Blue             >7.5 km
Sprint 1.5 – 2.3 km
November 8th, 2020

Results for Nov 8 event in Eno River (Bobbitt Hole)

It was a beautiful autumn day. On a warmer side, but runners had ample opportunities to cool down during multiple river crossings. A few people had troubles finding safe spots for the crossings, but most of the runners went only about a knee deep. The trick was to look for grassy and/or rocky areas, both […]

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