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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April 7th, 2020

Orienteering & ARDF April 18-19 at Gray Owl

Saturday, April 18 This is no longer an Open event. We will have an Advanced orienteering event at 1725 Gray Owl Road, Asheboro. (Orange through Red courses) We have a new sprint map of the Rock Garden, a complex area with many rock and rootstock features mapped at 1:4000 by Vladimir Lyuk. The plan is to start with a ~2k sprint at the Rock Garden and when the last sprint control is punched the course will continue with an appropriate length Orange, Brown, Green, or Red course back to the finish at the house. Start window will be from 10am – 2pm to spread people out. You must register for starting during a particular hour. Choose the hour you want to arrive when selecting the product for registration. There is a limit of 6 entries per hour. Course closes at 4pm. Maps will be pre-printed or you can request a PDF when you check out if you want to print the map yourself. Each day requires separate registration. Register for the Orienteering event on April 17 by Choosing the “Product” that represents the hour you wish to arrive. Registration closes at 5pm, Friday April 17, 2020

Sunday, April 19 we will have a classic ARDF Event set by Charles. Check back for details on the ARDF event. Register for the ARDF event on April 19 Registration closes at 5pm, Friday April 17, 2020 (If you are coming on both days you must register for each day separately.) Start window will be from 10am – 2pm to spread people out. (Since we only expect 10 people separate arrival times are not necessary.) Maps will be pre-printed or you can request a PDF when you check out in the notes if you want to print the map yourself.

  • Our plans for COVID safety:
    • Only 6 entries may arrive and start per hour
      • Choose the correct product for your preferred hour for Saturday.
    • We will ask people to stay outside of the house except for using the downstairs bathroom.
    • We expect everyone to maintain a minimum of 2m distance from others.
    • We will not rent finger sticks or loan compasses.
    • We will rent receivers
      • Bring your own headphones
      • Bring wipes to sanitize the receivers before and after use.
April 5th, 2020

Results for Apr 5 event at Thornburg Farm

It was a very nice day for orienteering. Spring is finally here and it’s gorgeous in the woods. The courses were hard (lots of fallen trees contributed). The results are below. Thank you all for coming! Tatyana and Vladimir Thornburg Farm, Apr 5, 2020, Results 2020-04-05 Brown 4.0 km 7 Controls 1 2005002 Ruth Bromer […]

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March 27th, 2020

Advanced Event at Thornburg Farm – Apr 5, 2020

Because of the health risks associated with large gatherings of people, we are taking the following precautions for our Apr 5 event at Thornburg Farm in Birkhead Wilderness.  

Registration for this event is now closed.

1.  We will not be renting fingersticks.  All competitors must either bring their own fingerstick or be comfortable participating in the event without one.

2.  There will be no in-person registration, and thus no registration cards to fill out at the event.  Everyone competing must be pre-registered online.

3.  Maps will be emailed to participants 2 days prior to the event. Participants will be responsible for printing their maps at home. No maps will be distributed at the event. We will also not supply plastic map covers.  If you need one, you will need to bring your own. 

4. We will not be printing splits at the finish/download. The results with splits will be posted online 1 day after the event.  

5. All courses will have remote start and finish.  

Advanced orienteers are welcome to our event at Thornburg Farm in Birkhead Wilderness. Check-in at the farm house (while keeping distance from the event directors) and proceed to the remote start.


From US 220 in Asheboro  
– take NC 49 south (you’ll actually be heading west) for 5.5 miles.
– Turn right on Science Hill Rd. (SR 1163) and go 4/10 of a mile.
– Then turn left (south) on Lassiter Mill Rd. (SR 1107)
– The Thornburg Farm entrance is on your left after about 3 miles on Lassiter Mill Rd.)

Start any time between 10.00 AM and 1:00 PM. Please, come at a “random time” to avoid crowding the check-in area. Maintain appropriate distance from other participants.

Make sure that you report back to the farm house by 3:00, because we will begin clearing the courses at that time.

Register here for this event.  Registration will be closed at noon on Friday, Apr 3.

All courses will have a remote start and a remote finish.  You must return to the check-in area after completing your course.

Course Color name Length (km)
Advanced Orange 3.1
Expert (S) Brown 4.0
Expert (M) Green 5.4
Expert (L) Red 6.7

Tatyana and Vladimir

March 23rd, 2020

Results — Eno River, 22 March 2020

For the second time in two weeks – by coincidence – expert orienteers were treated to some long-form courses, with relatively few controls and relatively long legs that required careful route choice.  The red course, for example, had only five controls and one leg that was over 2.3 km long.  People really differed on their […]

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March 17th, 2020

ARDF Youth Class this Summer

Do you know of a young man or woman age 11-13 who likes the outdoors, electronics, and is looking for a fun summer activity? The Town of Cary is offering a unique opportunity — a Radio Orienteering class taught by BOK member and former ARDF World Champion Nadia Scharlau. The class will take place at Bond Park in Cary from July 6 – 24 as part of that city’s summer youth programs. Enrollment is limited. See page 41 of the Town of Cary “School’s Out!” summer programs guide to register.