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 4th, 2022

Results: Open Gray Owl ARDF & Orienteering event on May 14-15,

Saturday started out with some steady rain, and a few hardy souls started out, but by 11am the rain stopped and the sun even began to peak out. Here are the results from Saturday:

Gray Owl ARDF & Orienteering,
Saturday Preliminary Results


4.2 km 300 min (5 Controls)

1 William Allen   5 p (73:08) 7019429
2 Adalia Schafrath-Craig   3 p (61:12) 2049374
3 Bryant Mlynczak   3 p (260:43) 2005091
4 Matthew Craig   1 p (70:05) 7000530
5 Robert Woods   1 p (149:03) 2005094

2.3 km 180 min (5 Controls)

1 Adalia Schafrath-Craig   5 p (43:58) 2049374

2.2 km (10 Controls)

1 Evija Kleshnika   81:02   2092317
2 Kerry Hoar   96:50 +15:48 2005098

3.5 km (13 Controls)

1 Nadine Leisgang   89:39   2005095
Ian Shields   MP   7028054

4.0 km (19 Controls)

1 Ruth Bromer   83:13   2005002
2 Marcus Enochs   86:57 +3:44 2073236
3 Richard Stuart   116:01 +32:48 2005156
Coal   DNF   2005096

6.2 km (21 Controls)

1 Matthew Craig   92:11   7000530

7.6 km (23 Controls)

1 Brendan Shields   85:51   2013533
2 Erika Limezs   190:08 +104:17 2030090
3 Arianna Limezs   190:23 +104:32 1030863
4 Santis Limezs   190:29 +104:38 2092315

(27 Controls)

1 Brian Thompson   142:38   7019425
2 Robert Enochs Backwoods Orienteering Klub 156:06 +13:28 7654323

Invitation to the event

Ruth & Joseph are hosting a 2 day, ARDF & Orienteering event on May 14-15, 2022. The event will be at their house 1725 Gray Owl Road in Asheboro. 35.634981, -79.880211. From Hopewell Friends Rd you turn onto Gray Owl Road. In 1/4 mile turn left on our driveway. In 1/4 mile, at the end of the driveway, turn around and park along the RIGHT SIDE OF THE DRIVEWAY heading out.

Starts are from 9am for expert 10am for others. Starts are available until 3pm. Courses close at 4pm.

Everyone is welcome. We have beginner through expert courses in Orienteering and ARDF. There is no formal class, so orienteering beginners should should watch these short videos:

Ruth and I will be able to answer any remaining questions and get you on your way.


These orienteering courses will be available on both Saturday and Sunday. (Same courses both days.)

  • White 1.6k
  • Yellow 2.4
  • Orange 3.5
  • Brown 3.8
  • Green 5.5
  • Red 7.0
  • Blue 11.4k

Blue, Red, Green, Brown, and Orange start at the Rock Garden, about a 1k easy walk from the house.

For Blue, Red, Green, and Brown, the expert courses, the first 1.8k have 13 sprint-like controls in the Rock Garden at 1:4000 scale. The rest of the controls are at 1:10,000 scale 2.5m contours. Br, Gr, & Red have a 1.4k walk back from the finish. Blue finishes at the house.

For Orange, the advanced course, the first 750m has 7 sprint-like controls in the Rock Garden at 1:4000 scale. The first 6 controls are the same as the expert courses. The rest of the controls are at 1:10,000 scale 2.5m contours. Orange finishes at the house.

White, Yellow start and finish at the house.


These 80m and 2m ARDF Classic courses will also be available on both Saturday and Sunday. (Same courses both days.)

  • 2m Classic 5 fox ARDF (60/240 timing)- 4.2k
  • 80m Classic 5 fox ARDF (30/150 timing) – 2.5k

The 80m course starts and finishes at the house. The 2m course has a1.3k walk to the start (same as the expert courses’ finish) and finishes at the house.


We will have a pizza dinner at ~4pm. It is included with the annual pass. $10 without the annual pass. This will be both days.


Registration is required. Select your arrival time.

May 1st, 2022

Results for Dorothea Dix open fun event on May 1

It was a beautiful spring day for orienteering at Dix Park today. Unbeknown to us and to the Dix calendar, there was a large “Racing for Rescues 5K” run at Dix this morning with police blocking entrances until around 11:00. A very strange coincidence with our “dog bone” score-O. We were able to run the […]

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April 25th, 2022

Dorothea Dix open fun event on May 1

We will have an open fun event at Dorothea Dix Park on May 1, 2022.

Most of the park entrances are blocked until 11:30 but you can enter at Hunt Drive. There is a 5k at Dorothea Dix today. The mass start may be delayed.

Registration is now closed

There will be two courses.

  1. Beginner course in traditional cross country format of about 2.3km
  2. “Dog Bone” Score-O for expert orienteers with a one-hour time limit and the following quirks
    • Certain pairs of controls will be joined on the map with a boundary line marker. These are each one end of a “dog bone”. These will each have a higher value than regular controls but you MUST punch them with no intervening punches for the pair to count. So if 40 and 41 are a pair with 3 points each and you punch 40, 41 or 41, 40 consecutively you get 6 points. If 56 is worth one point and you punch 40, 56, 41 or 41, 56, 40 you only get the one point for 56 and none for 40 and 41. In other words, get the whole bone before punching at a fire hydrant!
    • Any control that is NOT included on your control description sheet is a “dog catcher” control with a 10 point penalty. CHECK CONTROL NUMBERS CAREFULLY BEFORE PUNCHING!
    • The straight-line distance to do JUST the dog-bone legs is about 4km. There will be about 28 controls altogether. SI-8 cards hold 30 intermediate times plus CLEAR, START and FINISH. Keep good track of which controls you have already punched!

To add to the fun we will have a short briefing at 11:00 to go over these rules and any other whimsical rules we happen to arbitrarily and capriciously make. This will be followed by a mass tart at 11:15 or so. If you can’t make the mass start you can still start any time before 1:00. This event is for expert orienteers (orange or above)

Start times for the beginner course are between 11:30 and 1:00. You must finish by 2:00 p.m.

Registration for this event is now open and required. Register in the BOK Store. Registration is now closed so we can print maps and otherwise get ready.

The start will be at the Lineberger Building on Warehouse Dr off Umstead Dr. GPS 35.770856, -78.658580.

Sorry about the late notice for this event but were we rejected by two other parks on this date.

Ian & Paul

April 18th, 2022

Horton Grove Results – Advanced meet April 17, 2022

This Easter Sunday turned out to be a sunny day and temps in the low 70’s. Perfect for a day outside! We had 22 runners and four different courses. Thank you Triangle Land Conservancy for allowing us to use this land for our race. TLC has nine other preserves in the Triangle area – check […]

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April 17th, 2022

Open Radio-O/ARDF event at Carolina North Forest, April 24.

We will have an 80 m classic course at Carolina North Forest on April 24, Sunday. Park at the Orange County Health Department off of Homestead Rd (GPS 35.9483 -79.0649, Google maps link). Then follow the BOK signs to pick up your map. For more information about Radio-O/ARDF, see the BOK ARDF page.

The course opens at 10 AM and closes at 2 PM. Everyone must pre-register here to participate. There is no need to sign up for a particular course. Everyone gets the same map. Please register by the end of the day on Friday, April 22.

The course. The homing beacon is the finish. There is only one control to punch at the homing beacon and it is the finish. There is no finish chute. There is a 300 m exclusion zone around the start and around each control. Foxes will be on 3.53 MHz, the homing beacon on 3.55 MHz. For getting all five foxes, the straight-line course length is 4.7 km.