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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January 25th, 2021

Results for Jan 23/24 event at Carolina North Forest

We had a successful Open and ARDF event at Carolina North Forest this past weekend. The park allowed us to run the event on both Saturday and Sunday, thus doubling the number of participants. Thus we were able to accommodate 50 runners instead of just 25. Still not everybody who wanted to attend, was able […]

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January 23rd, 2021

Ft. Macon, 07 Feb

On Sunday, 07 February, we will have a 90 minute score course at Ft. Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, NC.  A ‘score course’ means that you can visit any controls that you want, in any order — but if you don’t return within 90 minutes, you will lose lots of points.  Carl Briscoe will be designing and setting the course.  Note a new start location: from the picnic area on the west side of the park — not near the visitor’s center.  Register here.  When you register, you must select a 30-minute starting window between 10:00 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM.  When 10 people have registered in the same window, it will be closed.  Control pickup will begin promptly at 2:00 PM.

January 18th, 2021

Gray Owl Map Critique Results

We had a beautiful sunny day. 10 people ran the course and to my delight everyone thought the map was very good. There were a few minor details about different ways of interpreting an area, and some rocky ground that I missed, however I am encouraged to continue my mapping. We only had 6 controls […]

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January 16th, 2021

Shackleford Banks, 06 Feb

This event is sold out, and registration is closed.

We will have a small event at Shackleford Banks on Saturday, 06 February.  We are limiting registration to 25 people because of Covid and because (unless you have your own means of getting to the island) competitors will need to ride over on the same ferry.  Register here. The ferry will leave from 600 Front St. in downtown Beaufort (not Harkers Island) at 10:00 AM.   When you register, please indicate whether you would like us to pre-purchase your $19 ferry ticket.  Our group ticket purchase order will be made on Thursday, January 28; so if you register after this date, you must purchase your own ferry ticket.  Information about the ferry service is here.  Once the ferry lets us off on Shackleford, it is approximately a 600 meter walk to the start.  There is no drinking water, electricity, or trash containers on the island.  There is a primitive bathroom near the start; however, it may be closed for the season. 

Three expert-level courses will be offered:  brown (4.4 km); green (5.2 km); and red (6.1 km).  Courses will be extremely challenging navigationally.  We absolutely must have all equipment picked up and ready to go by 3:00, when the last ferry heads back.  Therefore, control pickup will start promptly at 1:30.  Note that there is also an 11:30 ferry from the mainland, so if you miss the ride at 10:00, you may still have a chance to come over later and do at least part of your course.  Family members who want to join but who are not competing are encouraged to come on the 11:30 ferry so as not to over-crowd the 10:00 trip. 

Please note that we will not be able to hold this event if the ferry suspends service because of weather. If weather looks like it will affect the event, we will contact registrants via email with further information.

Send questions to Dave at dw.orienteer@gmail.com.

January 14th, 2021

Gray Owl Event and Map Critique 1/17/21

To celebrate my first square kilometer of field checking I am hosting an expert orienteering event at Gray Owl this Sunday, January 17th.

There will be Brown through Red courses. There are many more features (maybe too many) so I can make complex courses to challenge you. You can register in our store.

At orienteering events most of us try not to criticize the map because we know how difficult it is to make a map. This event is different! I want your input. Finding stuff and getting it in the right spot is hard enough, but deciding on how to fit it on the map is more difficult.

A rock on a slope could be 1.5m on the downhill side but only .5m on the uphill side. Is it a boulder, a cliff, or nothing? What about a dozen rocks a couple of meters apart with most of them .5 – .7m with two of them 1.1m?

Anyway, I made those decisions and I would like you to run on the map and give me your feedback. You shouldn’t be running into unexpected downed trees because they are mapped if the rootstock is 2m and/or the branches are impassable.

  • Parking: 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!
  • Don’t forget to bring your mask and map case. Please wear your mask over nose and mouth whenever you are not out in the woods.