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, 2022

Open Event, Schenck Forest, Sunday 14 August

We will have an Open event at Schenck Forest.

Please register before midnight Friday, August 12 so we can print the proper number of maps.

We will have the usual assortment of courses: White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green, Red. You can start any time after 10AM – this is our typical summer schedule as an attempt to benefit from the cooler morning temperatures.. Courses close at 1PM, so please plan accordingly.

We will offer a class at 10:30AM.

Registration and map pickup will be at the shelter

The park prohibits the presence of dogs, even on a leash.

The park has notified us of the extensive construction happening around the park. The typical access road is closed for paving, so we will need to access the park through a temporary parking area. If traveling from Wade Avenue going North on Edwards Mill Rd., you will need to make a U-Turn at Reedy Creek Rd and follow the bandwidth.com construction site/park entrance signs for parking. See the image below and follow our own signage in order to get to the shelter.

We will very much appreciate any help with control pickup after the event.

July 21st, 2022

Results – Umstead West 80m Radio Orienteering & Beginner Training – 17 July 2022

There was a strong showing of eleven beginners, and two intermediate-level radio orienteers, on this warm, humid, July morning. A few Radio Orienteering experts were also on hand. The beginners worked as a group, walking together, learning the basics of operating an 80m direction-finding receiver. For simplicity, all beginner participants used identical R3500D receivers. With […]

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July 11th, 2022

Anderson Park, 10 July 2022, Results

Summer events are often short sprint courses held before noon as a way to deal with potentially oppressive heat and humidity.  We couldn’t have predicted when we scheduled this event that we would enjoy temperatures in the upper sixties, and a (mostly) refreshing drizzle.  Despite our runners’ ability to go further, the short courses and […]

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June 27th, 2022

Lake Crabtree Results 2022-06-26

We had a good turnout for the middle of summer. Plenty of competitors decided to do more courses than they came prepared for, especially the Memory O, so that is worth trying again. It was fairly easy this time. The next Memory O event should offer an additional, more challenging version. Sprint A and B […]

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June 16th, 2022

Sugg Farm, 06/12/22 – Results

We had a lovely (albeit a bit hot) event at Sugg Farm. It was the first official BOK event there and people seemed to enjoy the courses. Unlike other “sprint” venues this park offers two very distinct types of terrain, so 2 sprint courses were quite different. And the shorter one was significantly more difficult. […]

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