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 18th, 2021

Gray Owl Open Orienteering Sat. & Sun. March 6-7, 2021

Update 2/27/21 – The expert courses are designed, and I have added a Blue course (see lengths below). I have updated another sq. km of the map, and the courses make good use of it. There is also a section in the Rock Garden. In order to use these areas, the expert courses have a remote start, and a very remote finish. The Rock Garden now uses the same basemap as the rest of map (thank you Dave), so it is included on both sides of the map. With the rest of the map at 1:10000 and by itself on the other side at 1:4000 scale. This makes the transition from one side to the other much easier.

  • Everyone is welcome at this event – Beginners through Expert.
  • Date: Saturday & Sunday March 6 & 7, 2021
    • This event will be available on both Saturday and Sunday.
    • The same actual courses will be available on both days.
    • As an example, the Orange course on Saturday uses the same control locations as the Orange course on Sunday.
  • Location: 1725 Gray Owl Rd, Asheboro, NC in the heart of the Birkhead Wilderness.
    • 35.634843, -79.881873
    • Parking: You will drive about 1/4 mile on Gray Owl Rd, then turn left at the sign and drive another 1/4 mile in. Drive to the end of the driveway, turn around and park on the right side of the driveway heading out. Do not drive on the grass – you will get stuck!
  • Course Types:
    • Expert (Brown, Green, Red, Blue)
    • Advanced (Orange)
    • Intermediate (Yellow)
    • Beginner (White)
  • Beginner Class
    • We will offer beginner classes on both days. There are two arrival time slots each day reserved for beginners who are taking the class. The classes will start at 11:45 am and 12:45 pm, so plan to arrive at the beginning of your arrival time slot.
  • Arrival Time Slots for Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM – 2:00 PM
    • You should sign up for one of the half hour time slots, and you should arrive any time during the half hour you signed up for. As time slots fill up they will be removed from the choices.
      You must register in advance of the event
      Register for Saturday (March 6)
      Register for Sunday (March 7)
  • Course Closes: 3:30 PM
  • Orienteering Courses offered:
    • White
    • Yellow
    • Orange
    • Brown 3.8 km
    • Green 5.5 km
    • Red 6.9 km
    • Blue 8.7 km
      • The Blue course is the same as the Red course, except I have added some long legs by skipping the remote finish and using the finish by the house.
  • Event Director: Joseph & Ruth
February 16th, 2021

ARDF Sprint at Dix Park Feb 21 – Results

It was cold and windy, but the sun was out so we could pretend it was warmer. Charles set an excellent course – it even required map reading – which isn’t easy at Dix. Some people did both the short and long course. The short course was a subset of the long course. An asterisk […]

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February 13th, 2021

Feb 20-21 Schenck Forest Event

I am sorry to report that we have canceled the event on Feb 20-21 at Schenck Forest. We will try and reschedule a Schenck Forest event and will announce it when it is confirmed.

The Department of Forestry was very helpful in approving, but the “NC STATE SPECIAL EVENT EXCEPTION REQUEST DURING COVID 19”  group never approved the event (neither did they deny it).

The next open event is near Asheboro at Gray Owl on March 6 & 7. We will have beginner through expert courses. The same courses will be available on both days. More details will be available soon.

February 9th, 2021

Results, Shackleford Banks

We orienteered for the first time at Shackleford Banks, the Western tip of Cape Lookout National Seashore. After a chilly 20-minute ferry from Beaufort, we were free to play on the 8-mile long island, with only a couple dozen other humans, and over one hundred wild horses. Many thanks to park superintendent Jeffrey West and […]

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February 9th, 2021

Results: Ft. Macon

From meet director, Carl: Thank you for bringing Orienteering to the coast. This was our 3rd annual event and we enjoy helping host it. This year we changed the start location to the West end of the park due to Covid and close proximity to visitors at the Fort. Because of the location change we […]

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