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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May 13th, 2024

Results: Dorothea Dix Orienteering May 19, 2024

The forecast rain didn’t materialize at all, so we had beautiful cool windy cloudy conditions. Control 68 didn’t beep for anyone or show up when they downloaded, so we removed it from the results so that no one had a mispunch for “missing” 68. I guess the control felt guilty for not beeping, because when […]

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May 12th, 2024

Results – Open Radio-O/ARDF 80 m Classic at Umstead South, May 12, 2024

It was a perfect day for running in the woods. No rain – yay! Sunny but not very hot. Also, good attendance despite the Mother’s day and school graduation. Thanks to all, both seasoned and new competitors, for coming out! The directors tried to make courses with multiple choices for routes. This was not easy […]

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May 5th, 2024

Results – Occoneechee 5 May

Rain. We had a fun day out at Occoneechee Mountain despite the weather. And we had perfect attendance. Everyone who signed up got out to run, with a brave group who started right after 10am and had to run most of their course in the rain. Occoneechee packs so much into a compact park that […]

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May 5th, 2024

Radio Orienteering Short Course Results

We had short practice courses each of the three weekends of Radio Orienteering classes. Here are the course results from April 21, 28, and May 4.

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April 26th, 2024

Occoneechee Mnt Expert Event May 5

Join us on May 5 for Expert orienteering in Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area in Hillsborough, NC.  Come for the mountain laurel and stay for the steep climbs.

This is a smaller event due to often limited parking, so we will be offering three courses for expert orienteers. Anyone who has successfully completed an expert-level course (i.e., brown, green, red, or blue) is welcome to attend. 

Registration is open and you must sign up before 9pm on May 3. Start window will be between 10 am and noon and the courses will close at 2pm.

If the parking lot becomes full, you will need to wait at the park entrance in a queue.  Earlier arrivals have a better chance of getting immediate parking, so try to get in before 11am.

The planned courses are:

brown = 3.0 km, 150m of climb

green = 5.1 km, 260m of climb

red = 6.5 km, 340m of climb

The terrain is extremely steep in places, and there can be significantly dense vegetation affecting route choice. Thick vegetation is generally passable, but slow.  Extremely steep terrain at Occoneechee is completely impassable and dangerous especially near the quarry.

The mountain top is out of bounds and will be marked as such on the map. Even if there is not a fence around the area, please respect the map’s guidelines to preserve our good relationship with the park.