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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October 3rd, 2022

Umstead North Open Event, Saturday, October 8th

Everyone is welcome to the North side of Umstead State Park on Saturday, October 8th.Enter the park from Glenwood Ave./US 70; park here; and check-in at the large shelter, here  (GPS = 35.871668, -78.759166).  Please register before Friday, October 7th at 5PM.

As a reminder, our annual passes expire at the end of August. It is a good idea to confirm that yours is still active before registering.  Read more about annual passes here, and purchase one here.

There will be a free beginners’ class at 11:30.

Courses offered:

CourseColor name
Expert (S)Brown
Expert (M)Green
Expert (L)Red

Course notes:

Control descriptions for the white and yellow courses will be in descriptive English (computer-generated).  All other courses will use the international symbol set for control descriptions.  If you’re not skilled in interpreting these symbols, you can study them here.  Event personnel will also be able to interpret them for you.

Questions?  Email info@backwoodsok.org

September 25th, 2022

Fox-chase Score-O results

It was a great day for being outside. The event went well and everybody seemed to have fun. Of course, people got lost, and had to repeatedly chase “the fox” (aka Tanya and me). Some people even managed to ran out of the map :). Next time maybe we should switch direction of the “fox” […]

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September 11th, 2022

Results, Umstead North (11 Sept 22)

Over fifty orienteers came to Umstead park on Sunday for our first open event of the 2022/2023 season. The weather conditions were rather unpleasant, with a dew point of 74, and occasional light rain. Because we were expecting even more participants, I designed a fairly large, sprawling event, including a rare “blue” course that covered […]

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August 28th, 2022

Results – Bond Park, August 27, 2022

The turnout was good for this warm, humid summer night O; 32 starts with a few being teams of two or three runners. The JROTC cadets from Carteret County boosted the numbers and hopefully they made it home safely and not too late. Runners had 60 minutes to complete the course for 100 possible points. […]

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August 19th, 2022

Schenck Forest Results, August 14, 2022

We had a very mild summer day for our event at Schenck Forest – the cooler temperatures and the lower humidity were much appreciated! A few participants had so much fun, they decided to go for seconds (running a second course). Some observations: Courses White and Yellow: the control descriptions were not printed textual. Courses […]

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