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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January 28th, 2023

Advanced event Horton Grove Nature Preserve

On Sunday February 5th, 2023, we are hosting an orienteering event at Horton Grove Nature Preserve. This beautiful preserve is located just 20 minutes north of Durham. We will offer four different courses ranging from advanced to expert level.

Orange (advanced): appx. 3.1 km

Brown: appx. 3.8 km

Green: appx. 5.6 km

Red: appx. 6.7 km

Pre-register no later than Friday February 3rd at 5:00pm so I can print enough maps. Start any time between 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The course closes at 2:30 PM. Help with control pick-up would be greatly appreciated.

Park and start from the main parking lot. There are no bathrooms here, so please plan accordingly. There is no class offered, but there will be experienced runners who can offer guidance.

Hope to see you there – Lina Lindberg

January 26th, 2023

Results – Open Orienteering and Radio Orienteering at Gray Owl on January 21st and 22nd, 2023

We had a good turnout at Gray Owl last weekend.  Saturday was definitely the day to go because it was dry and sunny.  Sunday was cold and wet, but those who came were prepared for the conditions and had a good time. It was challenging to offer all orienteering classes as well as 2m radio […]

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January 19th, 2023

Shackleford Island, March 2023

For the past few years, we have had a weekend of stunningly spectacular orienteering and camaraderie on the NC coast in early February.  This year we are planning this weekend to be later — March 11 & 12 — hopefully to capitalize on weather that is agreeable enough to camp overnight on Shackleford Island between the planned Saturday and Sunday events.  Those who camp on the island will also be able to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime night event on Shackleford Saturday night. 

Although we have not yet obtained park approval for this event, there is no indication that we won’t, and people who are interested in coming to it might want to block March 11 and 12 out on their schedule, and plan their lodging that weekend.  The main decision is whether to camp on the island and thus be able to do the night-O.  If you’re not into camping, you can rent a cozy Airbnb in Beaufort and take the ferry to Shackleford on both Saturday and Sunday.  Both the Saturday and Sunday events will start on the west side of Shackleford, and can be accessed by the Beaufort ferry.  A raucous get-together at a Beaufort tavern will be planned for Sunday afternoon, after we all return from the island.

Expect a more detailed event announcement after we have received official approval from the park.

Questions? Write Dave at dw.orienteer@gmail.com

January 10th, 2023

Results, Eno River (08 Jan 2023)

Despite some very chilly weather and light rain, we enjoyed a great day of orienteering at Eno River, one of our region’s steeper and more rugged venues. In addition to most of our club regulars, we also welcomed a handful of very enthusiastic first-timers, and we hope to see them back again at future events. […]

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January 2nd, 2023

2023 New Year’s Farsta results

About 40 orienteers decided to start the new year in the best possible way: by running a fun single-person relay course at Bond park in Cary. This has been a tradition for a long time: it was usually Josef Trzicky who organized these for us. Sadly, he passed away earlier this year, but his legacy […]

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