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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March 18th, 2019

Radio-O 2019 March 17 ARDF

We had a great ARDF event at Umstead Park on Sunday. We had 9 groups on the 80m classic (one group didn’t download) and 3 on the sprint. While this doesn’t sound like many, it really is a lot for a local ARDF event. We used all of our receivers, and where people went our […]

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March 4th, 2019

March 3 Schenck Results

We had a great turnout for yesterday’s event at Schenck. There were 112 starts, and one of the largest beginners classes I have seen. We had six groups pre-register, with 75 participants among them. Many beginners saw enough success on their first course, that they came back and tried a second. The advanced courses took […]

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February 25th, 2019

Radio-O March 17, 2019

We have a 80m ARDF event on March 17 at Umstead West. There will be a Classic 80m event and a Sprint. Everyone is welcome. We will have a beginner class at 12:30. We will rent receivers for $5 at the event.

Please pre-register for this event here, and when you choose your course choose whether you need to rent a receiver. You can decide exactly which courses you want to take at the event. You can do both the classic and sprint for the same entry.

Course lengths:
Classic 80m
5 controls is 5k,
4 controls is 3.7k
3 controls is 2.9k.
Sprint 5 controls 1.7k

We Got New Equipment

We bought a set of transmitters. They can be programed together using the computer or individually with their controller (the one on the left). We also have poles to mount the antennas, and it takes about 3 minutes to set up the transmitter and antenna in the field. The transmitters can broadcast either 80m or 2m depending on which antenna is plugged in. I have been testing them and we will use them for their first event on March 17.

February 22nd, 2019

Pre-pay open event at Schenck Forest (3 March)

We welcome everyone to Schenck Forest on Sunday, March 3 to enjoy orienteering.  Registration will be at the park shelter (GPS coordinates = 35.816341, -78.723455).  Park along the access road before the gate (GPS coordinates = 35.816334, -78.720446). Start any time between noon and 2:00, with control pickup starting at 3:00.  If you’re new to orienteering, come in time to register and attend our beginner’s class at 12:30.  Please note that dogs are not allowed at this venue — not even on leashes.

Prepayment.  We are asking all participants to pre-pay online.  Follow this link to pre-pay, and note that pre-payment is different from registration.  Even after pre-paying, you will still need to fill out a registration card and sign a waiver at the event.

Pre-Registration.   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. 

Course information. Courses are designed by David Waller, and set by the event director, Robert Enochs.  Course lengths are:

Beginner (white): 1.8 km (9 controls)
Intermediate (yellow): 2.7 km (9 controls)
Advanced (orange): 3.3 km (11 controls)
Expert short (brown): 4.1 km (9 controls)
Expert medium (green): 5.0 km (10 controls)
Expert long (red): 6.2 km (12 controls)

The scale of the map for the beginner and intermediate courses will be 1:5000; for the advanced and expert courses it will be 1:7500.

February 18th, 2019

Results — Eno River (17 Feb 2019)

FOUND: A turquoise Marmot jacket was left in the shelter. Claim it by identifying what was in its pocket. A cold and rainy Sunday saw about 80 orienteers enjoying the north and east side of Eno River State Park. The woods were open, and courses were very fast, rewarding strong running at least as much […]

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