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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September 18th, 2019

Update from your President

Save Umstead from the Quarry

The SW corner of our Umstead Map is an area that we used for many years, Odd Fellows – until the airport stopped giving us permission. Now the airport wants to allow Wake Stone to turn it into a quarry. I would like BOK to to support the “Stop the Quarry” movement. Let me know how you feel. Check out the Facebook site “RDU Forrest”.

Ruth Bromer the F70 USA Champ

Ruth won all three events at the US Champs in California – Middle, Long, & Sprint, and is now the F70 US Champ

Joseph Huberman elected to the OUSA Board of Directors

At the Annual General Meeting Joseph was elected to the OUSA – United States Orienteering Federation Board of Directors and then selected by the Board to be on the executive committee as the Vice President of club services.

We are still sailing in Maine and plan to be home in early October – have fun in the woods!

Joseph and Ruth

September 15th, 2019

Results, Carolina North Night-O, 14 September

In my opinion, Carolina North Forest is probably BOK’s best venue for night orienteering.  On one hand, there are a lot of winding, potentially confusing trails, making route choice and navigation –even if it’s largely on trails – somewhat challenging.  But because there are so many trails and junctions, there are almost always opportunities for […]

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September 8th, 2019

Results for Sep 8, 2019 event in Umstead North

It was a very hot day and yet we had a very good turnout. North Umstead is quite runnable, even the heat and certain pits couldn’t slow down the winners. Orange course shared a number of controls with Brown/Green/Red and turned out to be rather difficult. Kudos to all who completed it. It was the […]

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September 6th, 2019

Cary (sub)urban Orienteering – October 5, 2019

We will have our first (sub)urban orienteering event in Cary on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The format will be similar to the Chapel Hill street-o event, but the landscape is a bit different. There will be a 2 and a 4-hour category, and a bike option. Note that this event isn’t a regular orienteering event. In particular, this wouldn’t qualify for scouting merit badges.


All participants need to register online before 8pm, October 3. I’ll print the maps on Friday, October 4. Due to the capacity of the shelter, this event is limited to only 50 participants.

Instead of orienteering control flags I will mark certain points on the map and ask a question that you can answer there. This is not a treasure hunt, the controls won’t be hidden. No prior knowledge of Cary or the area is necessary. The key is a careful route choice and precise execution.

The course

There are 48 controls worth 200 points in total, ranging from 1 to 8 points each. Runners can take the controls in any order. The runner with the most points wins. If there is a tie, the one who finished faster is the winner. The two farthest controls are 5.5km from each other. Clearing the course (as the crow flies) takes at about 26km. Using laser sharp navigation, a fair bit of bushwhacking and crossing creeks at unpleasant places the course can be cleared in 34km. A more realistic estimate is probably 38-40km. That being said, the course seems clearable for a very good runner in 4 hours, and the event director would love to see someone do it! Judging from similar previous events a total distance around 32km is quite doable. No external help is allowed, including a GPS, asking friends, using a TSP solver, etc.

Almost all of the course is on streets, sidewalks and paved greenways, with a couple of single-track trails. Nothing is off-trail.

Bikers: there is only one control that isn’t attainable by bike at all, and one other that requires some mountain biking skills. Otherwise the entire course is very bike friendly. Of course, you won’t be able to take some shortcuts/stairs that runners could.


Teams of at most three people can also participate. Team members must always be within earshot of each other.

The map

The map is at 1:15000 scale, printed on landscape tabloid size (11″x17″) paper. In addition, you’ll get a letter size clue sheet for your answers. Please bring a pen/pencil to mark your responses. Please let me know if you need a larger map.

There are no street names or identifiers on the map.

The start and finish will be at the picnic shelter in North Cary park in Cary. The address is 1100 Norwell Blvd. Water and restrooms are available there. On the map I’ve marked several places where water and restrooms are also available. Please carry your own water and plan your pit stops carefully.


  • 8:00 Handing out maps for the 4-hour group
  • 8:50 Pre-race briefing
  • 9:00 Start for the 4-hour group
  • 10:00 Handing out maps for the 2-hour group
  • 10:50 Pre-race briefing
  • 11:00 Start for the 2-hour group
  • 13:00 Finish for everyone (Late penalty: you lose your highest scoring control in the first minute and 1 point for each minute afterwards.)

We need to leave the shelter by 2pm as it is booked for the afternoon.

If you cannot make it on the day of the event and want to run it beforehand, let me know. As there are no controls to set up, you can run any time, as long as you time yourself.

September 5th, 2019

Night orienteering, 14 Sept, at Carolina North Forest

Expert orienteers (i.e., those who have finished a brown, green, red, or blue course) are welcome to participate in a nighttime orienteering event at Carolina North Forest on Saturday, September 14.   We will offer four point-to-point advanced/expert courses (orange, brown, green, and red), with individual starts any time between 8:30 and 9:30 PM.  Control pickup will start around 10:30.  Note that this event starts on the west side of the park.  Park here; and if the lot is full, then park here.  You must pre-register here. Registrations received after 9 AM on Saturday the 14th cannot be guaranteed a map.  Participants who have no experience with night orienteering are strongly advised to register for the orange course.  Mandatory equipment includes a fingerstick (which you can rent when you register online), a whistle, and a headlamp, flashlight, or both.