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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September 15th, 2020

Open Event at Carolina North Forest – Oct 4, 2020

You are welcome to come to our OPEN orienteering event at Carolina North Forest on Sunday, October 4.  Start and finish from the parking lot of Seawell Elementary School (GPS = 35.940171, -79.078585). We will offer Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green and Red courses.

Note, that there are NO RESTROOMS at the start/finish. Please, plan your visit accordingly. 

Note the following procedures that we will implement to help with social distancing.

1. Everybody must pre-register and pay online by Oct 1. No walk-ins will be allowed.

2. When you register, you must select a specific 1-hour start window between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  There are limits for each window (15, 15 and 15). When the limits are reached the registration will be closed.

3.  There will be no beginner course (White), no beginner class, no loaner compasses, no plastic map bags (i.e., bring your own). We will, however, provide rental finger sticks (if you request one during the online registration) and will be using registration forms (it will help, if you print and fill one before coming to the event). Otherwise bring a pen and we will provide a form.

4. Maps and rental finger sticks will be laid out on a table for your to pick up. We will also setup lines to help with social distancing at the maps pickup, start and finish.

5. Masks will be required in the start/finish and maps pickup areas. Finish control will be placed at a distance from the download box, so you will have a chance to put on your mask after punching the finish control and before approaching the tables. In order to be able to do it, you should probably take your mask with you on the course (in your pocket or a bag)

This is our first truly Open classic event since March. Please, be considerate of other participants, wear masks at the start/finish and maps pickup, and practice social distancing. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Vladimir and Tatyana

August 31st, 2020

Sept 13 event at Umstead South – RESCHEDULED

We have tentatively rescheduled the Sept 13 open event to Oct 18. Same time and place. With Gov. Cooper planning his next update for Sept 11, we figured there would not be enough time for registration to happen, maps to get printed and controls to get put out with so little notice. The shelter was available for Oct 18 and the BOK calendar was empty that day, so that’s the tentative plan. Subject of course to NC and State Park Covid-19 restrictions that may then be in force. Watch this site for updates.

Ian and Paul

August 25th, 2020

Results: 8/23 Crabtree Sprint

Lake Crabtree County Park is a convenient, accessible park in the heart of the triangle, and is very popular on the weekends. It has a good system of mountain biking trails which are well maintained through the joint efforts of the parks system and Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC). This means that trails are constantly being […]

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August 17th, 2020

Lake Crabtree Sprint: Sunday August 23

On August 23, we will be holding a sprint orienteering event at Lake Crabtree County Park.  The event is open to everyone, but we will not be offering beginner classes nor instruction.  Registration will be in or near the Dogwood shelter. We are not able to reserve shelters, so if it is already taken registration will move. Follow the BOK signs when you come into the park to find us.

Register Here

There will be two courses, each 2.2km in length – one on the east side of the park, and one on the west. Starts and finish will be remote, but relatively close to the registration table. This allows for the possibility that the registration / download table will need to relocate, as well as helping to encourage distancing.

Please note the following procedures that we will implement for this event:

1.  When you register, you must select a specific 1-hour start window between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM.  Courses will close at 2pm. When 10 people have chosen a window, it will be closed.

2.  There will be no beginner class, no loaner compasses, no plastic map bags (i.e., bring your own), no printed results, and no registration forms.  Participants may request to receive their map via email if they prefer to not pick it up at the event.

3. Finger Sticks will be available to rent for this event. Our rental sticks have been unused for months, so there is little risk of contamination. Finger stick numbers will be pre-assigned, the finger sticks will be wiped down in advance and placed in individual bags for you to pick up at the event. Sanitizing wipes will be available if you want to wipe down the sticks again, and used finger sticks will be returned into a separate container so they can be re-sanitized.

You can read more about how COVID is affecting our events here.

You must preregister (and pay) for this event here before Friday August 21 at 5:00 PM, so that we know how many maps to print. 
No payment will be accepted at the park.

August 16th, 2020

ARDF Results Aug. 16, 2020

We had a beautiful cool day. It felt like fall with the sun behind the clouds. Charles Scharlau set the course and eight people went out. This event was set up like an official ARDF classic 80 m course with a start corridor, becon, and finish. People found anywhere from 3-5 transmitters. One interesting note, […]

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