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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November 17th, 2019

Results — Chapel Hill Score-O

Another fun Chapel Hill street orienteering event is in the books. Thanks to all who came out! Results follow. Attempted controls that had the wrong answer are indicated in parentheses at the end of each competitor’s list 2-Hour 1. Vladimir Stemkovski  82 points = 12, 21, 22, 25, 44, 46, 49, 51, 57, 58, 59, 67, […]

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November 16th, 2019

Open Event at Raven Rock State Park – Dec 1, 2019

We will have an OPEN event at Raven Rock State Park on Sunday December 1, 2019.
Everyone is welcome, and we will have a beginners class at 12:30.

The event starts at noon and everybody must finish by 3 PM. We will have all regular courses from beginner to advanced, White through Red.
White 1.9km 8 controls
Yellow 2.1km 10 controls
Orange 3.2km 11 controls
Brown 3.4km 8 controls
Green 4.7km 10 controls
Red 6.0km 13 controls

Don’t forget to register and pay here (even, if you are a club member). Registrations received after noon Friday (28 Nov) cannot be guaranteed a map.

The park is a lovely park, but there are some steep slopes and quite a bit of mountain laurel to slow you down off trail. There are also a couple of new un-mapped trails (in the south east part of the map).

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


Raven Rock is near Lillington, about 40 miles S of Raleigh. We will be using the part of Raven Rock that is South of the Cape Fear River. If you are using a GPS to get to the park, use the address: 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC, 27546 or use GPS coordinates: 35.459259, -78.912911.

Vladimir and Tatyana

November 11th, 2019

Dix ARDF Sprint Dec. 8, 2019 (Radio Orienteering)

We are having an ARDF Radio Orienteering Sprint at Dix Park. Starts are from 11am – 1pm.

We will have a course with two haves, beginner and advanced. Either half can be run separately or they can be combined into one course.

We will have ARDF instruction throughout the day, so this is a good event to learn on because everything is so close.

Details and further information can be found in this article.

November 11th, 2019

Results Umstead West Nov 10th 2019 expert

Thank you everyone who came to Umstead West on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. Temps in the mid 60s and clear sky. The feedback I got from some of the runners was that the courses were very fast. Thank you Matt Craig, Vladimir, Tatyana and Clint Lloyd for help with control pick up. Brown 3.8 km […]

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November 6th, 2019

Street orienteering in Chapel Hill (Saturday, 16 November)

On Saturday, November 16 we will have an urban orienteering event on the streets and greenspaces of Chapel Hill.  This will be a mass start “score-O” in which competitors can chose which controls they visit and in which order, with different controls being worth different point values.  The competitor with the highest score at the end of either two or four hours will be the winner.  All are invited to participate, but because this event is different from most of our others, please read the following information carefully.

1.  Registration is now closed. If you have not pre-registered for this event, the only way to participate will be to use the GPSO option, described below.

2.  There will not be the typical orange and white flags marking each control point.  Instead, competitors will navigate to the center of the circle on their map where they will find an object in plain sight.  They will carry an additional clue sheet that asks a question about the object, and will answer the question on their sheet. Therefore, it is critical for each competitor to carry a waterproof pen or pencil to write down their answers

3.  There will be no ‘beginner’ courses.  Everyone will get the same map with the same locations circled.  Beginners may choose to find the locations that are relatively easy, while experts may choose to find the difficult ones.  People may also choose to finish well before the two- or four-hour time limit with no penalty.  Acquiring all of the controls will require traveling more than 30 km, and it is not expected that anyone will be able to do this within four hours.

4.  For participants who are cutting-edge technology first-adopters, the event will be optionally available as a GPS-Orienteering (GPSO) event. In theory, competitors who use the GPSO option can use their (Android) phone to track their location, and to record when they have reached a control site. This would eliminate the need to keep track of clues and an answer sheet. There are several important caveats to this option, though. Please read details about GPSO here.

5.  Bicycles are allowed on the course, and it is permissible to use a combination of foot and bike navigation for the event.  Roads and trails where bikes are not allowed will be mapped.  It is also fine to travel as a team, although all team members must stay within audible contact of each other at all times.

6.  Start, Finish, and Registration will be at the park shelter at Umstead Municipal Park in Chapel Hill.  Note that this is not Umstead State Park near RDU! See map here.  (GPS coordinates = 35.921556, -79.062878).  If the parking lot is full, there may be spaces available to the west (GPS coordinates = 35.921736, -79.064227).

7.  Maps will be distributed beginning at 11:00 AM to give people a chance to study the map and to plan their route before the mass-start at noon.

8.  Refreshments will be available at numerous places in the area, but many will require payment.  For example, competitors may want to stop at a convenience store during the race to pick up a sports drink.  Some of these locations will be indicated by a blue circle on the map; however, many more will not be mapped.  Competitors will probably want to carry their own water or else carry money to purchase refreshments on the course.