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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August 5th, 2020

ARDF August 16 at Gray Owl

Charles has again graciously volunteered to set a Classic 80m ARDF course at Gray Owl on August 16th.

We would like to get your preference for start time and your course length. Please fill out this form so we can plan the event details.

The current plan is to have the start about a 1k walk from Gray Owl and the finish at Gray Owl. The swampy area in the north of the map will be out-of-bounds so that no one gets bogged down in it. 🙂

Charles wants this to be a championship level course with proper exclusion zones and start and finish corridors. Foxes will be at 3.54 MHz, and the finish beacon at 3.60 MHz. They will be 1-Watt transmitters operating into vertical dipole antennas. There will be an electronic starting “gun” providing start tones to inform participants when they may turn on their receivers and start.

The event will be open for a total of 4 hours. The first start will be as early as everyone agrees to so we can avoid the heat as much as possible.

Stay tuned for the details.

August 1st, 2020

Gray Owl Results ARDF & O 8/1/ & 8/2/2020

Most people came on Saturday and just a few on Sunday. We started at 7am so the early birds could stay cool. Even so the humidity was so high that we were soaked setting out the 1.6k ARDF sprint at 6:30, just walking. Some people had a problem with control #10, only on Red, and […]

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July 24th, 2020

Two Day Event August 1 & 2

Orienteering & ARDF at Gray Owl

Joseph & Ruth are going to host a two day event consisting of a classic orienteering event and an ARDF sprint event on the weekend of August 1 & 2, 2020. The Orienteering course will be offered on both days. The ARDF sprint is planned for Saturday, but will move to Sunday if the weather is significantly better. Check back on Friday to confirm the ARDF date.

You must register online.

Courses will open at 7am and close at noon so you can beat the heat.

The orienteering courses will be Classic Orange through Red. The course(s) will be designed so you can change to a shorter course after you begin.

The ARDF sprint will include the full 12 controls. This is a sprint, so it is short and fast. Top runners can finish it in 15 minutes. The total length will be about 2.8k. It works like this:

  • There are two sets of 5 controls with a “spectator” control between them. The two sets are on different frequencies. The spectator control is on a third frequency, and the beacon on a 4th frequency.
  • After you start you find as many in the first set as you can. To complete the course you must find at least one of the controls in the both sets. These controls repeat on a one minute cycle. Each control is on for 12 seconds.
  • When you are done with the first set you change frequency and must locate the “spectator” control which is on continuously.
  • Then you change frequencies to the second set of 5 controls and find as many as you can or want to. They are also on the 12 second on, 48 seconds off (one minute) cycle.
  • Finally you change frequency again to find the “beacon” which is also on continuously, and then follow the steamers to the finish.

Covid mitigation procedures:

  • Only 10 entries may arrive and start per hour
  • Choose the correct registration hour for your preferred arrival.
  • We expect everyone to maintain a minimum of 2m distance from others.
  • Everyone must wear a mask except when running on the course
  • We will have remote Start and Finish
  • All registrations will be online
  • Results display will only be over WiFi
  • For ARDF events we will rent receivers
    • Bring your own headphones
  • Bring wipes to sanitize the receivers before and after use.
  • We will not have beginner classes or courses
July 12th, 2020

Results for July 12 Advanced Sprint at Dorothea Dix Park

On a typical hot July day in Raleigh we had 17 brave orienteers come out for the sprint event. We had two courses of close to 3KM each with a shorter variant of about 2km. Everyone tried two courses. This was also the first opportunity to pick up the new BOK clothing items. See separate […]

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July 10th, 2020

BOK Clothing Pickup

The BOK Clothing has finally arrived. There are some issues with the sizing, so you may need to change your size selection. This will be done on a first come first serve basis. Hopefully these changes will all work out, however Oland will make additional products so that everyone can get a proper fit.

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Procedure for picking up your clothing

  • Bring a check. If you pay with a card we will need to add the PayPal charges since BOK is setting the prices to come out with 0 profit.
    • PayPal charges 2.2% + 30 cents
    • The costs were higher than we expected. The import duties ranged fro 15% to 28%. Different products have different duties. We have added the duties to each product as it was charged. The fixed costs (shipping, transfer fees, etc.) were apportioned equally to each product (except the buffs).
  • Before you run pick up your clothes and try them on. You can change the size if you need to.
    • If we don’t have your size then you can get it in the next order.
    • We will exchange sizes with what we have available on a first come first served basis. As a result ,we may not have the size you ordered in stock. Hopefully we will have the size that fits you.
  • After you have the items you are taking we will calculate the total cost and you can write a check or pay with PayPal. We will not accept cash.

Size Charts and Costs

Ruth has measured all the clothes and produced this chart that reflects the actual clothing measurements – not your body measurements. Not all sizes have measurements because some sizes were not ordered.