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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February 18th, 2019

Results — Eno River (17 Feb 2019)

FOUND: A turquoise Marmot jacket was left in the shelter. Claim it by identifying what was in its pocket. A cold and rainy Sunday saw about 80 orienteers enjoying the north and east side of Eno River State Park. The woods were open, and courses were very fast, rewarding strong running at least as much […]

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February 13th, 2019

Pre-pay Open event at Eno River, February 17, 2019

Everyone is welcome to our event at Eno River State Park on Sunday, February 17. Check-in at the Fews Ford shelter, just west of the loop parking lot at the end of Cole Mill Road.  (GPS coordinates = 36.073616, -79.007005).  IMPORTANT:  DO NOT PARK IN THE LOOP PARKING LOT.  Instead, just before getting to the parking lot, turn left (look for the BOK sign) and follow the park’s service road for approximately 200 meters.  Turn around on this road (busses can use the turn-around loop), and then park on the right (south) shoulder.  See the Figure below for a map of the parking and registration area.

Timing and classes.  Start any time between noon and 2:00.  If you’re new to orienteering, please arrive in time to get signed-in before attending one of the two classes that will be offered at 12:30.   If you have never orienteered before, consider attending the beginner class at 12:30.  If you have limited experience or feel “stuck” at the intermediate level, take our intermediate class at 12:30.  Make sure that you report back to the finish by 3:00, because we will begin picking up all of the check points (controls) at that time.

IMPORTANT: PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED.  Park rules require that we collect event fees outside of the park.  Therefore, you must pre-pay for your registration onlineFollow this link to pay for the event.  Non-members typically will need to pay for both an entry fee ($7) and a fingerstick rental fee ($5).  If you’re going in a group, you may also want to pay for additional maps.  Note also that payment is different from registration.  Even if you have paid, you will still need to register for the event and sign our waiver.  Follow instructions in the next paragraph if you want to pre-register.

Pre-registration.  If you’re coming in a group of 5 or more, please pre-register here to help streamline your registration process, and to help ensure that we print enough maps. If you’re coming solo or in a smaller group, you can optionally save a bit of time at the registration table by filling out your entry form, available here, before you come; although you do not need to notify us that you’re coming. Whether you register online or in person, everyone should turn in their entry form (also available at the event) and start their course any time between noon and 2:00

Course details.   

Course Color  nameLength (km) Controls Map scale Start
Beginner White 1.7 12 1:5000 Shelter
Intermediate Yellow 2.4 12 1:5000 Shelter
Advanced Orange 3.5 9 1:7500 Shelter
Expert (S) Brown 3.6 8 1:7500 Remote
Expert (M) Green 5.7 13 1:7500 Shelter
Expert (L) Red 6.6 16 1:7500 Shelter
February 10th, 2019

New Years Day Relay on Feb. 10, 2019

The results had some significant problems. First some of the times on the controls had drifted so there were some legs where there were negative leg times and the software throws those out. I had to use the 2nd download box, so if you didn’t download in the second box I don’t have a record […]

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February 10th, 2019

Results for Ft. Macon

It was a pretty perfect day for orienteering in a brand new location, on a brand new map. Orienteers were treated to some deceptively technical control locations among the dunes at Ft. Macon. It was a very fun and unique event that we’ll hope to do again next year. We used a new SI system […]

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February 4th, 2019

Advanced Members Relay 2/10/19

Update 1/15/19 We have rescheduled our annual relay event to Feb 10. 2019 and received approval from Umstead Park.  Please pre-register for the event before 9am on Feb 9.  (Earlier registrations for the Jan. date don’t count anymore.)

There is an advanced 2 person relay at Umstead West on January 13, 2019.

Please pre-register for this event by February 9 at 9:00 am. (even if you registered for the Jan 12 attempt.)

If you don’t have a teammate, don’t worry we can put teams together at the event.

Arrive early for the briefing.  There is a Mass Start at Noon.

One team member will run 3 short courses (4.1k), and the other will run 3 long courses (5.9k).