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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June 2nd, 2020

ARDF/Radio-Orienteering – 80m Classic at Carolina North Forest – 2020-05-31 – Results.

We had a nice day of radio-orienteering at Carolina North Forest. We had ten participants come out to search for foxes. The rain finally stopped the day before. The ground was still pretty wet but the temperature was wonderful. We have pictures from the event here. It was down-sized 80m classic. Shorter distances. No start […]

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May 24th, 2020

Orienteering Results at Gray Owl & ARDF May 23-24

Charles set another excellent ARDF course so we could practice before Patrick’s event the next weekend. Three diehards competed at Robbins Branch in the Birkhead Wilderness on Saturday, and then we three joined another 24 for an Orienteering course on Sunday. Everyone had to sign up for a particular time to start so we never […]

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May 20th, 2020

ARDF Practice at Robbins Branch – Birkhead Wilderness

Charles is going to set up a practice classic ARDF event at Robbins Branch on Saturday May 23. You can register here.

Charles will make a practice course similar to last time: five transmitters and ~6 km total length along the ideal route. The start window opens at 10 AM and the transmitters will be on for at least 4 hours. Participants must return by 2 PM.

Patrick has the receivers, so if you need to rent a receiver you may need to make arrangements to pick it up in Chapel Hill. Email Joseph or Info@BackwoodsOK.org

May 17th, 2020

Radio-O/ARDF event at Carolina North Forest, Sun. May 31.

We will have an 80 m classic course at Carolina North Forest on May 31. Park at the parking lot at the end of Municipal Drive (GPS 35.9365 -79.0661, Google maps link). Then follow the BOK signs to pick up your map. There is a ten minute walk from the pick-up area to the start. For more information about Radio-O/ARDF, see the BOK ARDF page.

Starts available from 10 AM to 2 PM. You must register for a specific 1-hour start window. Registration for a start window will close when six people have registered. If you need a receiver, it will be possible to pick one up with your map. Bring your own earphones. Additionally, there is a park-specific indemnity waiver to sign when you pick up your map. Bring your own pen. If you would like to print your own map and waiver, add a note in the comments and we’ll send you copies by email.

All courses use the same map (8.5×11 inch, landscape, 1:10000). Depending on the number of controls you go for, the course lengths will be 4.7 k (5 foxes plus the homing beacon), 4.0 k, 3.5 k, and 1.8 k (2 foxes plus the homing beacon).

You can register for the event here.

May 15th, 2020

Gray Owl May 24 Advanced Orienteering

We are hosting another Advanced, Orange – Red Orienteering event at Gray Owl on May 24, 2020.

  • Orange, 3.3k
  • Brown, 4k
  • Green, 5.6k
  • Red, 6.8

Courses will use both the 1:10,000 scale Gray Owl map as well as the 1:4,000 Rock Garden map.

First start will be at 9am. You must Pre-register in our store and select an arrival time. You can camp out Saturday night if you want to get an early start.