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 27th, 2020

Expert Event at Eno River Park, Nov 8 2020

On Sunday, November 8 we will have an orienteering event on a brand new map in Eno River State Park.  The event is open only to ‘expert’ orienteers – those who have successfully completed a brown, green, or red course.  The registration page is here. There are several start windows to chose from.

Check-in at the shelter near Bobbitt Hole parking lot (GPS coordinates = 36.058153, -78.980601) to receive your map.  Note that this is NOT our usual Eno River park location – it’s a separate south eastern portion of the park we haven’t used before.

We will implement the following procedures to help with social distancing.

1.  When you register, you must select a specific 30-minute start window between 11 AM and 1:00 PM.  When 10 people have chosen a window, it will be closed.

2.  There will be no beginner courses, no beginner class, no plastic map bags (please remember to bring your own), and no registration forms. We will provide pre-assigned rental finger stick if you request one during the registration.

3.  All courses will have a remote start and finish.

4.  Please consider wearing a mask when you’re not on your course.

You must preregister for this event here before Thursday November 5 at 5:00 PM, so that we know how many maps to print. 

October 27th, 2020

Night-O Schenck Forest October 31

Date: October 31
Location: Schenk Forest
Registration: Closes that Saturday at 10am
Event Type: Advanced Night-O Score course
Start Time: 7:30PM (Come early for the briefing.)
Course Closes: 8:30PM
Event Director: Mihai

There will only be a one 1-hour course. You can choose to finish at any time if you don’t wish to do the whole hour. Results will be based first on point score and then time.

  • There are two classes:
    • Standard Score: you take the controls in any order.
    • Parity Challenge: you must take only odd controls before you start on even controls (or the other way around).
    • Extra points for original costumes to be decided before the start.
  • Advance Registration is required
October 26th, 2020

Radio-O/ARDF Eno – October 25, 2020 – Results

It rained, it rained, all day. But fifteen participants still came out to race for the foxes. There were slippery roots, muddy depressions, and pointy rocks hidden under leaves. During the post race discussions a number of adventures were recounted. With everyone staying in good cheer it was a super fun event. This was mostly […]

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October 19th, 2020

Umstead West Oct 18 – Results

We had a perfect day for orienteering on Sunday. Our originally planned open event at Umstead South was not approved as so many people are parking there because other activities such as youth sports are not happening during the Covid-19 crisis. Indeed when I went to set controls on Saturday around 2pm, traffic at the […]

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October 16th, 2020

BOK 2020 Annual Meeting

When: October 30, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Zoom

We will have our annual meeting on Zoom this year. As usual, everyone is welcome to attend. Unfortunately, you will have to supply your own pizza. Hopefully we will be in person next year.

Please let me know if you would like to add to the agenda.


  • Financial report
  • Covid procedures
    • Different types of events
  • BOK Clothing
  • Mapping projects
    • Vladimir Lyukk
    • Dave Waller
  • Event Schedule 2021