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 21st, 2024

USA Radio Orienteering Championships 2024

The 23rd USA Radio Orienteering Championships will be held near Chelsea, Michigan, October 5-13, 2024. Training camp and practices will be held October 5-9, and the competitions will be held October 10-13.

Registration is not yet open, so it’s a bit too early to sign up. But Bulletin #2 is out, so you can start making your plans. Joe Burkhead, KE8MKR, is the Event Director in 2024. He’s an experienced radio orienteer and organizer and has set up the following information channels for the 2024 event.

Event Website: www.radioorienteeringchamps.us
Social media channel for developments & relevant info: https://www.facebook.com/2024USRadioO

The USA Championships are open to everyone. They are a great way to learn more about the sport and get experience on world-class courses. If you can safely navigate in a forest environment and use your receiver to find your way to the finish beacon before the course closes, you are welcome to participate. So mark your calendar and look for more information in the coming months.

April 16th, 2024

Reveal-O at Carolina North – Results

We had our first real summer day of the year, which added an extra challenge for competitors. And 80 mins for this Reveal-O turned out to be not nearly enough. No one was able to clear the course (55 points). Nick Anderson, who won, ended up with 36 points, with next six competitors getting 35, […]

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April 12th, 2024

Radio Orienteering Classes

See course results from April 21.

Learn Radio Orienteering (aka, ARDF) as the pros learned it. Nadia Scharlau got her start in radio-O at age 13 and went on to become a world champion. Later, she taught classes to beginners who became world champions themselves. She still uses the same no-frustration step-by-step approach by which she learned the sport 40+ years ago. Now you can learn that way, too.

These classes are for those new to the sport and would like to learn how it is played. Emphasis will be placed on learning to use a radio receiver. Those who have attended previous beginner class sessions and would like a refresher course are also welcome.

Classes are free, but you need to register in our store. Class size is limited to 12 participants.

Short 80m classic practice courses will be set up, which experienced radio orienteers can use for practice. Everyone needs to register.


  • Event Type: Radio Orienteering Beginner Training on the 80m band
  • Choose the dates that work for you from three consecutive weekends: Sunday, April 21, 28, and Saturday, May 4
    Note this is two Sundays and a Saturday.
  • Location: 2337-2307 Old Reedy Creek Rd, Cary, NC 27513
    GPS: 35.844772, -78.777725
    Park on the shoulder on the east side of the road. Do not park at the gate or in front of the house at the gate on Old Reedy Creek Rd.
  • Start Time: Everyone should arrive by noon
  • Class Ends / Course Closes: 2:00 PM
  • Instructors: Nadia, KO4ADV and Charles, NZØI

All necessary equipment will be provided at no charge. New concepts will be introduced in sequence at each session, but if you can’t attend both sessions, just come when you can. Previously covered concepts will be reviewed at each session so that you can jump right in.

First Timers: A short beginner course will be set with constantly-operating transmitters.

Second Timers: A longer beginner course will be set with “cycling” transmitters.

We will be hiking the courses together as a group, so please arrive by noon to avoid getting left behind!

Those who complete both class sessions may want to try their first solo course on Saturday, May 4, at the same location!

March 31st, 2024

Umstead South Orienteering Results (2024-03-24)

We had chilly weather (at least for the ones who were stuck in the shelter!), but Imre got a nice fire in the chimney, and that made it very cosy! A bit of mishap from me (Mihai): we had some small issues with the number of maps that we had printed, specifically on Orange. I […]

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March 28th, 2024

Umstead South Radio Orienteering Sprint Results (2024-03-24)

We were fortunate to be able to add a radio orienteering event to the open orienteering event at Umstead South. A dozen people participated in the sprint and most of them decided to ignore the course assignments and completed the entire course to practice. The course proved to be rather physical involving at least 130m […]

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