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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April 16th, 2019

Results for Eno River (14 April 2019)

Although rain and thunder threatened, this one turned into quite a pleasant meet. A relatively small event, but the people who came enjoyed the beautiful park and Josef’s challenging courses, replete with his signature butterfly loops. On the morning of the event, Josef and I realized that Buckquarter Creek — typically ankle deep — was […]

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April 13th, 2019

Camp Durant Results (13 April 2019)

Thanks to all who helped make this event happen. OAX backwoodsok.org, Split times 2019-04-13 Course1 (12) 0.6 km 7 C Pl Name / Club Time 1 (41) 2 (42) 3 (43) 4 (44) 5 (45) 6 (46) 7 (47) Finish 1 Fast Kid 05:02 0:14 +0:00 (1) 0:48 +0:00 (1) 1:18 +0:00 (1) 2:19 +0:00 […]

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April 7th, 2019

Results for open event at Umstead South March 31, 2019

We had good weather for orienteering on Sunday, despite the possible threat of showers. We had several large JROTC groups and I thank their instructors for being willing to start earlier than noon and for their help in making things run smoothly for the cadets. As usual, I designed yellow courses to follow trails, and […]

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April 7th, 2019

Open event at Eno River State Park, April 14

Everyone is welcome to our event at Eno River State Park on Sunday, April 14th. Check-in at the Fews Ford shelter, just west of the loop parking lot at the end of Cole Mill Road.  (GPS coordinates = 36.073616, -79.007005).  IMPORTANT:  DO NOT PARK IN THE LOOP PARKING LOT.  Instead, just before getting to the parking lot, turn left (look for the BOK sign) and follow the park’s service road for approximately 200 meters.  Turn around on this road (busses can use the turn-around loop), and then park on the right (south) shoulder.  See the Figure below for a map of the parking and registration area.

Timing and class for beginners.  Start any time between noon and 2:00.  If you’re new to orienteering, please arrive in time to get signed-in before attending our beginner class at 12:30.  Make sure that you report back to the finish by 3:00, because we will begin picking up all of the check points (controls) at that time.

IMPORTANT: PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED.  Park rules require that we collect event fees outside of the park.  Therefore, you must pre-pay for your registration onlineFollow this link to pay for the event.  Non-members typically will need to pay for both an entry fee ($7) and a fingerstick rental fee ($5).  If you’re going in a group, you will also need to pay for additional maps.  Note also that payment is different from registration.  Even if you have paid, you will still need to register for the event and sign our waiver.  Follow instructions in the next paragraph if you want to pre-register.

Pre-registration.  If you’re coming in a group of 5 or more, please pre-register here to help streamline your registration process, and to help ensure that we print enough maps. If you’re coming solo or in a smaller group, you can optionally save a bit of time at the registration table by filling out your entry form, available here, before you come; although you do not need to notify us that you’re coming. Whether you register online or in person, everyone should turn in their entry form (also available at the event) and start their course any time between noon and 2:00

Course details.

Course designer and setter: Josef Trzicky 

Course Color name Length (km) Controls Map scale Start
Beginner White 2.4 12 1:7500 Shelter
Intermediate Yellow 3.2 10 1:7500 Shelter
Advanced Orange 3.6 13 1:7500 Shelter
Expert (S) Brown 4.9 18 1:7500 Remote
Expert (M) Green 5.9 21 1:7500 Remote
Expert (L) Red 6.9 24 1:7500 Remote
April 5th, 2019

Members event at Camp Durant

On Saturday April 13th, club members are welcome to a special event at Camp Durant, part of the Occoneeche Scout Reservation outside of Carthage, NC.  Our event will be part of the Order of the Arrow’s annual “Conclave” and will involve introducing boy scouts to the sport of orienteering.  Approximately 1500 scouts are expected to attend the Conclave (although only a small fraction will try their hand at orienteering.)  BOK thus needs a handful of volunteers to teach small groups of scouts the basics of orienteering.  Afterwards, volunteers are welcome to run one of two expert-level courses on this brand new map.  If you don’t have the time or inclination to help teach the scouts, you are still welcome to come out and run one of the courses.

If you’re planning to attend, you must pre-register here before noon on Friday, April 12.  If you would like to arrive early and help with teaching the scouts, plan on arriving by 9:00 AM.  Whether you come early or late, meet our group in the large open field just south of the Sullivan Training Center (GPS coordinates = 35.337402, -79.548287).  Follow signs for parking, but expect that your parking space may be up to 800 meters away from this field. Start window will be from 9:00 to noon, with control pickup around 12:30.

The map is new and never-before orienteered upon.  Thorough field-checking has only been done for a fraction of the over 2000 acres of the reservation.  Both courses will be completely on the field-checked area which contains many man-made features – shelters, buildings, trails, etc – and a few large natural areas.  The map scale will be 1:7500, and the contour interval is 2.5 meters.  The two courses we’ll offer will have a middle-distance feel, with relatively short legs and many direction changes.  The short course (3.4 km) will be a subset of the long course (4.6 km).