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 14th, 2020

Open Event in Umstead Park (South) – Jan 26, 2020

We will have an OPEN event at Umstead Park (South) on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

Everyone is welcome, and we will have a beginners class at 12:30.

Don’t forget to register and pay here (even, if you are a club member). Registrations received after noon Friday (24 Jan) cannot be guaranteed a map.

The entrance of the park is off Harrison Avenue, called the Reedy Creek entrance. We start from the lower shelter, North of the parking lot.

The event starts at noon and everybody must finish by 3 PM.
We will have all regular courses from beginner to advanced, White through Red.

Help with control pick-up would be greatly appreciated.

Vladimir and Tatyana

January 8th, 2020

Orienteering on the Coast — 01 Feb and 02 Feb

Join us for a weekend of orienteering on the beautiful NC coast!

On Saturday, February 01 we will offer expert-level courses (brown, green, and red) at Cape Lookout National Seashore.   You must be an experienced orienteer to attend this event.  Make reservations ($17 per adult) for the 10:00 passenger ferry from Harker’s Island, and start your course any time between 10:30 and 12:30.  If you can’t get on the 10:00 ferry, you may be able to make it still on the noon ferry.  These two ferry runs are the only way to get to the event, so if they are cancelled, we will have to cancel this event.  The ferry cannot come into the dock at the Cape, so you will get your feet wet when you disembark.  Registration, start, and finish will be at the park shelter, GPS location = 34.623935, -76.523464.  You must be off your course by 2:00 so that we can pick up controls and be ready to leave on the last ferry back at 3:45.  Other ferry return times are approximately 12:30 and 2:30.  Help with control pickup will be appreciated.  Preliminary course distances are brown = 3.6 km; green = 5.5 km; and red = 6.9 km.   Map scale is 1:10000, with a contour interval (probably) of 1.25 m.  Note that the map will not be thoroughly field-checked and will be based primarily on lidar and satellite data.  The event director will send an email to all registrants a few days before this event with any relevant updates.   You must preregister for this event here, and note that registration for the Sunday event at Ft. Macon (see below) is done separately.   Online registration will be disabled on the evening of Thursday, January 30.  If you have not registered by that time, do not plan on attending this event.  Send questions to the meet director (Dave) at dw.orienteer@gmail.com.

On Sunday morning, February 02, we will join West Carteret JROTC in hosting an orienteering event at Ft. Macon state park in Atlantic Beach.  This event will offer white and yellow courses for beginners, and a 90-minute score course for advanced and expert-level orienteers.  There will also be an introductory beginner class.  Starts can be accommodated between 10:00 and noon (not noon to 2:00 as our calendar previously said).  The beginner’s class will start at 10:30, and control pickup will start around 1:30.  If you want to attend the beginner’s class, please try to come by 10:00 so that you are registered in time for the class.  Registration, start, and finish will be at the gazebo, south of the visitor’s center (GPS coordinates = 34.697091, -76.678466).  Park in the main parking lot near the visitor’s center.  Register here for this event.

January 5th, 2020

Dix Sprints & FoxOring – Jan 5, 2020

We had some very fast times on the intricate sprints at Dix Park. We had two Red courses each with a Brown subset as well as a FoxOring course. Thanks very much to Susan, Debra, Jeff, Ian for help picking up. Dix park sprints, Results 2020-01-05   Red A 2.9 km 19 Controls 1 1421971 […]

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December 25th, 2019

Preliminary information about Cape Lookout event

The orienteering events on the coast on February 01 and 02 will require some careful planning on your part, so we’re posting some preliminary information to help.  On Saturday, Feb 01 we will have three expert level courses (i.e., brown, green, and red) set around the lighthouse  area of Cape Lookout.  Start, finish, and registration for this event will be at the park shelter near the ferry dock (GPS coordinates = 34.623932, -76.523479).  Because of the remoteness of this area, do not expect a fully field-checked map.  The map will be based almost entirely on lidar and satellite photos. 

By far, the most practical way to get to this area is to take the passenger ferry (cost = $17) from Harker’s Island.  In the winter, this ferry only makes runs at 10:00 AM, noon, and 2:00.  You can call the ferry office at (252) 728-7433 to reserve tickets.   We will accommodate starts from around 10:30 to 12:30.  If you come over on the 12:00 ferry, it might be a good idea to text the event director that you’re on your way, and be ready to hustle to make your start.  We’ll need to be off the courses by around 2:00 in order to make the last ferry back at 3:45.

Weather and cancellation.  If the weather is bad, the ferry runs will be canceled, and there will thus be no practical way to hold this event.  If the ferry isn’t running, it is extremely likely that we will have to cancel the event.  This would be unfortunate; but it is a possible outcome that we need to be aware of.  If it looks like this event will be canceled, we will try to announce it on Thursday evening on the BOK homepage.  (If we cancel our ferry tickets within 24 hours, we will get a refund.)  If the event at the Cape is canceled, I will try to set an alternative event on another new map near the coast — close to Wilmington — and will email registrants about it.

Next steps.  Plan your lodging and transportation for this event, and check back with the BOK website for registration information in mid-January.  

December 18th, 2019

Dix Sprint & FoxOring Jan 5

We will start in Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh near the intersection of Umstead and Whiteside drive. 35.769774, -78.657912. Park in the large lot south of Umstead Drive.

We will have a fast complex sprint with 4 courses, each with about 15 – 20 controls. Two red courses, each about 2.8k and two brown courses, each about 1.8k.

In addition we will have a FoxOring Radio Orienteering course. This starts out like orienteering, however your control, the Radio Transmitter, is about 60 meters from the orienteering control. You find it by using your radio receiver. If you are doing the FoxOring course you should rent a Receiver ($5) when you register if you don’t have one.

  • Event Types:
    • 2 Red and 2 Brown Sprints
      • You can do 2 reds, 2 browns, or a red and brown
    • FoxOring Radio O
      • You can do this before, between, after or instead of the sprints
  • Start Times: 10 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Course Closes: 1:00 PM

Registration is open in our store.