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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December 3rd, 2019

Dix ARDF Sprint & Orienteering Dec. 8, 2019

This event will have 2 levels of ARDF (Radio Orienteering) and two lengths of Regular Orienteering. You can mix and match however you want.

  • Location: Small shelter at 1800 Umstead Drive
    • GPS 35.771397, -78.661485
  • Date: December 8, 2019
  • Time: Starts 11am – 1pm
    • Course closes at 2pm
  • Type: ARDF Radio Orienteering Sprint & Orienteering Middle Distance
    • Everyone is welcome
    • We will have a class at 11:30, and additional ARDF help throughout the day.
  • Registration: You must register in advance at the BOK store by Friday evening December 6th.
  • Orienteering Courses: High speed Middle Distance courses. Green ~5.6k and Brown 3.5k. These courses ar all in the open park, no need for
  • ARDF Courses: ARDF sprint courses are designed in two halves. You set your frequency and then start and find 5 controls. Next you change your frequency and find the Spectator Beacon which is the control that divides the two halves. Then you change frequencies and find the next 5 controls. Finally you change frequencies, find the Finish Beacon and run in to the Finish.
    • First Half : “Slow” In usual ARDF sprints each transmitter is on for 12 seconds and then the next transmitter comes on. This makes it particularly difficult for beginners to get the bearing. So we are going to set the first half so the transmitters will be on for 30 seconds before the change to the next transmitter.
    • Second Half: “Fast” This will be the standard 12 second transmitter transmit time.
    • Options for your courses:
      • Just Slow: Start as usual then after you punch the Beacon you then punch the finish
      • Just Fast: Start as usual then after you punch the Beacon you then punch the finish
      • Both: Start as usual, punch all the slow controls then the Beacon then punch all the fast controls. Punch the beacon again and then the finish.

The courses will be short probably about 4k for both together. We will update this after the course design is finalized. This is longer than usual because the slow side has 30 seconds on instead of 12 seconds. We are intentionally making the slow side longer than usual but much shorter than a classic event.

We will have ARDF instruction throughout the event. If you get started and are having trouble you can return for help and start over if you wish.

We have 6 receivers that we can rent so sign up early to reserve one. When someone returns we can give the receiver to someone else. We will confirm that you have a receiver after you enter. If you are on the waiting list for a receiver you should come at Noon so someone with a receiver has a chance to return.

December 1st, 2019

2-Hour or 4-Hour Score-O, Umstead North, 15 December

On Sunday December 15, BOK will host its 6th annual Score-O in Umstead park. A “Score-O” involves a course with no predetermined route, in which competitors decide which controls they want to visit, and in which order. This event will have 2-, and 4-hour options. It is open to any orienteers who have successfully completed an advanced (orange, brown, green, red, or blue) course. You must preregister for this event here before Saturday December 14 at 9:00 AM. The event director will disable web registration on his way to print the maps on Saturday morning – so you will not be able to register after that time.

This is a mass-start event, with both races beginning at 10:00 AM from the multi-use trail parking lot at Umstead State Park (GPS coordinates = 35.867799, -78.752534 ). Access to this parking lot is from the north side of the park, from the US-70 (Glenwood) entrance. There will be a mandatory pre-race briefing at 9:50. Maps will be ready for distribution at 9:00 to provide competitors time for route planning. The map will be printed on multiple pages, each at a scale of 1:10000. The 4-hour course is expected to be clearable this year.

December 1st, 2019

Raven Rock, Dec 1, 2019 – results

Rain forecast didn’t scare the runniers and we had pretty good turn out at Raven Rock. As the day progressed the weather improved and finally the sun came out. So it turned out to be a very nice day indeed. The courses were difficult, which is normal for this forest. Raven Rock is the most […]

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November 29th, 2019

Club Clothes – Fitting Kit

We found a company in the US that can make our shits in different fabrics and long and short sleeves as well as jackets and pants.
The great thing about this company is that when the club submits a design the purchaser can choose any style of clothing to have the club design on. Their pricing is competitive and less than the Noname brand. Short sleeve shirts ~$32-$42 and long sleeves $10 more.

We received a “fitting kit” that has many of their styles in sizes from small to xl and fabrics for us to examine.
We will bring this kit to the Raven Rock event for you to examine. (We will get a fit kit with all their sizes after we have a design and it is time to purchase stuff.)

If you aren’t coming to the Raven Rock event we will also have it at our Dec 8 ARDF & Orienteering event.
If you can’t make it to either you can contact Ruth and can make an appointment to come to our house to see the stuff.

November 17th, 2019

Results — Chapel Hill Score-O

Another fun Chapel Hill street orienteering event is in the books. Thanks to all who came out! Results follow. Attempted controls that had the wrong answer are indicated in parentheses at the end of each competitor’s list 2-Hour 1. Vladimir Stemkovski  82 points = 12, 21, 22, 25, 44, 46, 49, 51, 57, 58, 59, 67, […]

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