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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Latest News

July 12th, 2020

Results for July 12 Advanced Sprint at Dorothea Dix Park

On a typical hot July day in Raleigh we had 17 brave orienteers come out for the sprint event. We had two courses of close to 3KM each with a shorter variant of about 2km. Everyone tried two courses. This was also the first opportunity to pick up the new BOK clothing items. See separate […]

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July 10th, 2020

BOK Clothing Pickup

The BOK Clothing has finally arrived. There are some issues with the sizing, so you may need to change your size selection. This will be done on a first come first serve basis. Hopefully these changes will all work out, however Oland will make additional products so that everyone can get a proper fit.

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Procedure for picking up your clothing

  • Bring a check. If you pay with a card we will need to add the PayPal charges since BOK is setting the prices to come out with 0 profit.
    • PayPal charges 2.2% + 30 cents
    • The costs were higher than we expected. The import duties ranged fro 15% to 28%. Different products have different duties. We have added the duties to each product as it was charged. The fixed costs (shipping, transfer fees, etc.) were apportioned equally to each product (except the buffs).
  • Before you run pick up your clothes and try them on. You can change the size if you need to.
    • If we don’t have your size then you can get it in the next order.
    • We will exchange sizes with what we have available on a first come first served basis. As a result ,we may not have the size you ordered in stock. Hopefully we will have the size that fits you.
  • After you have the items you are taking we will calculate the total cost and you can write a check or pay with PayPal. We will not accept cash.

Size Charts and Costs

Ruth has measured all the clothes and produced this chart that reflects the actual clothing measurements – not your body measurements. Not all sizes have measurements because some sizes were not ordered.

June 21st, 2020

Gray Owl ARDF & “O” 6/20-21/20 Results

As summer was about to start, we had a few cool days. Then came the weekend. Saturday, for the ARDF event, wasn’t too bad, but Sunday was definitely summer and everybody suffered. We had more DNF’s than we’ve had in a long time. We used a new area of the Birkhead Wilderness for the ARDF […]

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June 3rd, 2020

June 20-21 ARDF & Advanced Orienteering at Gray Owl

ARDF June 20, 10am – 2pm:

We are planning an 80m Classic ARDF course on June 20 in the Birkhead Wilderness from a new start location at Wildlife Resources Commission Trailhead at 35.5974915,-79.8868486.  Pre-registration is required.

The precise Start location is about a 1.5 km walk from the trailhead. There will be five foxes, and a total course effective length along the optimum route of 6.5 km or less. The Finish will be at or near the trailhead parking area.

For a youth course we will have a short course using Sprint transmitters. The remote Start and the Finish for a youth course will be at the same locations as the adult course.

Orienteering June 21, 9am – 4pm

We will hold Advanced Orienteering Course starting from 1725 Gray Owl Road on June 21. This will have Orange through Blue courses including a complex section in the Rock Garden and a part of the course in the Gray Owl section we haven’t used before.

The start will be ~1k from the parking area, and the finish for the Brown, Green and Red course will be about ~1.3k from the parking area. The Blue and Orange courses finish at the parking area.

  • Orange ~3.5k
  • Brown ~4.0
  • Green ~5.8
  • Red ~7.6
  • Blue ~10.0

Registration is required, and is limited to 10 people per hour so you will need to choose your arrival time.


After you turn onto Gray Owl Road 35.6349715,-79.8754197 (there is an orienteering control attached to the mailbox on Hopewell Friends Road) drive .4k and turn left at the first driveway just after passing the field on the right.

Drive another .4k all the way into the turn-around area, turn around and park on the RIGHT side of the driveway as you are heading back out.  Do not drive on the grass at all, and do not park in the turn-around area.

Covid Protections & Procedures

Unfortunately infections are increasing so we are asking everyone to wear a face mask when in the registration / download area and hanging out on the lawn.  This is in addition to a 3m separation between people, the remote start & finish and 10 entries per hour.

  • Wear your mask when you reach the lawn.
  • Pick up your map
  • Clear your finger stick
  • Download the cleared stick to “register” at the event
  • Head out to the start.  (You can remove your mask when you leave the lawn by the house.)
  • After finishing put your mask back on as you approach the lawn and download area.
  • Download and get your splits printout
  • Results will be available on a local wifi network
June 2nd, 2020

ARDF/Radio-Orienteering – 80m Classic at Carolina North Forest – 2020-05-31 – Results.

We had a nice day of radio-orienteering at Carolina North Forest. We had ten participants come out to search for foxes. The rain finally stopped the day before. The ground was still pretty wet but the temperature was wonderful. We have pictures from the event here. It was down-sized 80m classic. Shorter distances. No start […]

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