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 10th, 2019

BOK Annual Meeting

Sunday, October, 27th 6pm Dinner followed by Meeting at 7pm
904 Dorothea Drive, Raleigh, NC

Everyone is welcome at our meetings. We will have our Pizza Dinner at 6pm, and after dinner we will have our meeting to elect officers, discuss changes for next year, and set up next year’s calendar.

Please be sure to register at our store so we will know how much pizza to buy and who to expect at the meeting.

Agenda:

  • Treasurer’s report
  • Website & Store
  • Event software
  • Memberships / annual pass
  • Elect officers
  • 2020 Schedule

Please let me know if you want to add something to the agenda.

October 9th, 2019

Yellow to orange class October 20, 2019

Special yellow-to-orange class

Note: This class will be before the October 20 open event. An earlier version of this notice inadvertently had a different date. Correct date is October 20. My apologies for any confusion.

If you are ready to move up from yellow, we are offering a limited space yellow to orange class for up to 8 participants at the Oct 20 open event at Umstead North. This will be in the forest and will start from the last car park at 9am sharp. I anticipate the class will last approximately 90 minutes. We will set some on-trail and some off-trail controls and talk about (and practice) terrain and navigation strategies as we do it. There is no charge but registration is required. You can register at the same time you register for the event. Class is limited to 8 participants!

You must have completed at least one yellow course and be comfortable with navigating along linear features such as streams, ditches, reentrants and rides. The class will include off-trail navigation.

If you are moving up to orange, the control descriptions are now pictorial rather than English words. See our Control Descriptions and Map Symbols Explained page which includes a link to a handy online quiz.


Ian

October 8th, 2019

Open event at Umstead North October 20, 2019

We will have an open event at Umstead North on October 20 starting at noon. All are welcome. You will need to register at the BOK store by 5pm Friday October 18 as I am also working the JROTC event on Oct 19 and will have limited time to get maps printed.

If you are new to orienteering, please see our newcomer page.

The event starts at noon. We will have a beginners class at 12:30 (come by 12:15 to pick up your map before the class). Last starts at 2pm. Everybody must finish by 3pm.

Special yellow-to-orange class

We are also offering a limited space yellow to orange class for up to 8 participants. This will be in the forest and will start from the car park at 9am sharp. See separate announcement.

If you are moving up to orange, the control descriptions are now pictorial rather than English words. See our Control Descriptions and Map Symbols Explained page which includes a link to a handy online quiz.

We will have all regular courses from beginner to expert, White through Blue.
White 2.1km 10 controls
Yellow 2.9km 9 controls
Orange 3.6km 8 controls
Brown 3.7km 8 controls
Green 5.9km 10 controls
Red 7.4km 13 controls
Blue 9.2km 16 controls

Expert courses (brown and up) will have a remote start with about 500m walk to the start.

We have a fillable PDF entry form which you can save on your computer and print to bring with you to the event to save some time at registration. You can always find links to these in “BOK Information” links on the right of several BOK pages.

As always, help with control pick-up would be greatly appreciated.

Directions

Take Glenwood Ave to the park entrance. Go south past the visitor center to the parking lots at the end of the road. Registration and starts will be in the large picnic shelter to the E of the parking area.

Ian.

October 6th, 2019

Cary street-o results

On the first day of proper autumn we had about a couple dozen competitors taking to the streets and greenways of Cary and Morrisville to find 48 controls (including the race director’s house). Many of them decided to use a combination of biking and running: with the exception of two controls everything was reachable by […]

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September 18th, 2019

Update from your President

Save Umstead from the Quarry

The SW corner of our Umstead Map is an area that we used for many years, Odd Fellows – until the airport stopped giving us permission. Now the airport wants to allow Wake Stone to turn it into a quarry. I would like BOK to to support the “Stop the Quarry” movement. Let me know how you feel. Check out the Facebook site “RDU Forrest”.

Ruth Bromer the F70 USA Champ

Ruth won all three events at the US Champs in California – Middle, Long, & Sprint, and is now the F70 US Champ

Joseph Huberman elected to the OUSA Board of Directors

At the Annual General Meeting Joseph was elected to the OUSA – United States Orienteering Federation Board of Directors and then selected by the Board to be on the executive committee as the Vice President of club services.

We are still sailing in Maine and plan to be home in early October – have fun in the woods!

Joseph and Ruth