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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April 13th, 2021

Expert Event at Horton Grove, Apr 25 2021

On Sunday, April 25 we will have an orienteering event at Horton Grove Nature Preserve in Bahama, NC.  The event is open only to ‘expert’ orienteers – those who have successfully completed a brown, green, or red course.

Courses: Red – 7.3km, Green – 5.9km, Brown – 3.8km

Check-in at the main parking lot (GPS coordinates = 36.142298, -78.843700) to receive your map.  Please note that Horton Grove has no bathroom facilities, running water, or electricity.  You can read more about orienteering in Horton Grove here. In the case of the parking lot being full, we received permission to park on a side of the main road.

We will implement the following procedures to help with social distancing.

1.  When you register, you must select a specific 30-minute start window between 11.00 AM and 1:00 PM.  When 15 people have chosen a window, it will be closed. The courses close at 3.00 PM

2.  There will be no beginner courses, no beginner class, no plastic map bags (please remember to bring your own), and no registration forms. 

3.  All courses will have a remote start and finish.

4.  Please consider wearing a mask when you’re not on your course.

You must preregister for this event here before Thursday April 22 at 5:00 PM, so that we know how many maps to print. 

See you at the event!

Vladimir and Tatyana

April 11th, 2021

ARDF @ Eno River April 18, 2021

We will have an 80 m classic course at the Eno River State Park Few’s Ford Access on Sunday, April 18th, GPS 36.0742 -79.0055.

Registration at the BOK Store

For more information about Radio-O/ARDF, see the BOK ARDF page. Starts 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The course closes at 3:00 PM. Parking fills up fast at the Eno River State Park; so come early or be prepared to walk a bit.
Directors: Patrick & Kelly

The social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions apply. See the BOK webpage describing how COVID-19 affects our events.

The registration is near the parking area just north of the restrooms.

The whole course will be on the West side of the river, and, of course there is no running on the bridge. When approaching the bridge, please stay back from the end until others are done crossing.

Notes about the course. The homing beacon is the finish. There is only one control to punch at the homing beacon and it is the finish. There is no finish shoot. For those who are bringing their own receivers, foxes will be on 3.52 MHz, homing beacon on 3.59 MHz. There is a 300 exclusion zone around the start and around each control, that is you won’t find another control within this distance.

Courses. There is no need to sign up for a particular course. Everyone gets the same map.

leveldistancefoxes to get
1 fox1.2 km. . 3 . . hb
2 foxes2.1 km. . 3 . 5 hb
3 foxes2.5 km. . 3 4 5 hb
4 foxes3.1 km. 2 3 4 5 hb
5 foxes4.1 km1 2 3 4 5 hb

Finally, if you are renting a receiver be sure to bring your headphones.

Here is an article describing the ARDF courses. This one is the Classic 80m.

April 5th, 2021

Gray Owl Open Results Orienteering & ARDF April 10 – 11

Updates as of 4/11/21. Here are the Weekend’s results. The details for the event follow the results. We had a beautiful weekend. It was warm on Saturday but the rain held off until I was picking up controls. We had great success with the FoxOring with new people trying and succeeding. The general feeling was […]

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March 29th, 2021

Results for Eno River Open Event Sunday March 28

After a big storm on Saturday and promise of possibly more storms Sunday afternoon, the weather turned out to be pretty reasonable for most of the day and participants had a good time. We probably had too many people heading for control 1 on the advanced/expert courses at the same time. We’ll try and remember […]

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March 28th, 2021

Results Eno River ARDF Saturday March 27, 2021

We had perfect weather for our event. The hailstorm waited until Charles had collected all the transmitters, and just crossed the bridge. Needless to say he was pretty soggy by the time he got to the car. Thank you Charles for setting up a very good course. Several people had some of their best runs. […]

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