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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July 12th, 2021

Results for Lake Crabtree Sprint July 11

We had a hot and humid day for the Lake Crabtree Sprint event. The forecast scattered thunderstorms did not materialize for which we were truly grateful. Most folks found the courses sufficiently challenging for a hot summer day. The runners who tackled all three courses were generally tired by the end. Lake Crabtree has a […]

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July 12th, 2021

Dix Night “O” is Rescheduled to Aug 28

The date for the Dix Park night event is being rescheduled from August 15th to August 28th. There will be a mass start at 8 pm. This will be a one hour score course. At 9:15 there will be a Night Destruct”O”. Details will follow when registration opens.

July 4th, 2021

Lake Crabtree Sprint July 11

On July 11, we will be holding a Sprint orienteering event at Lake Crabtree County Park at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Everyone is welcome. We will not have beginner classes or instruction. We recommend that you have completed a yellow course before attempting this event.

Map pickup and download will be at the White Oak Shelter. Enter the park and follow the road until you see the turnoff to the right for White Oak Shelter.

There will be three courses,

  • Sprint A (2.9km, 10 controls).
  • Sprint B (2.2km, 11 controls)
  • Sprint C (1.9km, 10 controls).

Choose any combination of courses you wish. Courses are at approximately yellow/orange difficulty. If it’s hot you may wish to run shorter or fewer courses. Sprint A is probably a hybrid between a sprint and a classic.

Register by noon Saturday July 10 so we know how many maps to print.

  • Choose your arrival time slot between 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
  • When you choose an Arrival Time Slot you should arrive within the 1/2 hour after its starting time.
  • Limit of 10 registrations per half hour time slot
  • Courses will close at 1:30pm.

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

  • Be sure to wear a mask in the map pickup/download area
  • Wake County Covid Tier is Significant/Yellow
  • Bring water
  • Insect repellent is recommended. We have found Sawyer Permethrin which you spray on clothes and then allow to dry before wearing to be quite effective.

You must preregister (and pay) for this event here before Saturday July 10 at noon.

No payment will be accepted at the park.

Course Closes: 1:30 PM. Help with control pickup is always appreciated.
Event Directors: Paul and Ian

June 27th, 2021

Results-Dorothea Dix Sprint June 27, 2021

Almost 40 orienteers braved a hot June day in Raleigh to enjoy some short, fast sprints.The early starts had the advantage of relatively lower temperatures and more cloud cover, but everyone had plenty of humidity. Those who started later got to see the Pride parade down Umstead Dr. There was one obvious mistake by the […]

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June 18th, 2021

Dorothea Dix Sprint June 27, 2021

On June 27, we will be holding an Open Sprint orienteering event at Dix Park in Raleigh. Everyone is welcome. We will not be offering beginner classes or instruction, but some courses are easier by virtue of being shorter. For those new to orienteering we can provide textual control descriptions. Register near the gazebo on Umstead Drive (35.771244, -78.661292) 125m west of Hunt Dr.

Please be aware there are controls around the cemetery, which is out of bounds. The cemetery has black bars on the map and has physical white posts on its border. Please be respectful of the cemetery. Do not run inside the white posts; even to cut corners.

There will be three courses, Short (1.5km), Medium (1.8km), and Long (2.4km), on the west side of Dix near the buildings and cemetery we don’t use often. Choose any combination of courses you wish. If it’s hot you may wish to run shorter or fewer courses.

Sign up by noon on Saturday, so we know how many maps to print. Registration is closed.

  • Choose your arrival time slot between 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • When you choose an Arrival Time Slot you should arrive within the 1/2 hour after its starting time.
  • Limit of 10 registrations per half hour time slot
  • Courses will close at 1:30pm.

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

  • Be sure to wear a mask in the registration area
  • Wake County Covid Tier is Significant/Yellow

Course Closes: 1:30 PM
Event Directors: Matt, Gheorghe, and Adalia

You must preregister (and pay) for this event here (registration is closed) before Saturday June 26 at 12:00 PM.

No payment will be accepted at the park.