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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May 10th, 2019

May 26, 2019 Members Event in Umstead West

Our next Members event is on May 26 at Umstead West.
The start will be open from 10:00am till noon.
Control pick up will start at 1:30pm. The meet is open to all members who can complete an expert level course.
Please pre-register by Thursday evening May 23.

There are three available courses:
Brown: 3.6 km (8 controls)
Green: 5.4 km (9 controls)
Red: 6.6 km (11 controls)

Access from Old Reedy Creek Rd. Pass the bridge over I-40 and proceed into the park on the gravel road, park on the right side of the road. Please, do not park directly in front of the house by the gate. There are “no parking” signs on the road, so you won’t miss it.

Vladimir and Tatyana

May 9th, 2019

Cary (sub)urban Orienteering – October 5, 2019

We will have our first (sub)urban orienteering event in Cary on October 5, 2019. The format will be similar to the Chapel Hill street-o event, but the landscape is a bit different. There will be a 2 and a 4-hour category, and a bike option. This is a members only event. Preregistration is coming soon.

Instead of orienteering control points I will mark certain points on the map and ask a question that you can answer there. This is not a treasure hunt, the controls won’t be hidden. The key is a careful route choice and precise execution.

The start and finish will be at the picnic shelter in North Cary park in Cary. The address is 1100 Norwell Blvd. Water and restrooms are available there.

  • 8:00 Handing out maps for the 4-hour group
  • 8:50 Pre-race briefing
  • 9:00 Start for the 4-hour group
  • 10:00 Handing out maps for the 2-hour group
  • 10:50 Pre-race briefing
  • 11:00 Start for the 2-hour group
  • 13:00 Finish for everyone (Late penalty: you lose your highest scoring control in the first minute and 1 point for each minute afterwards.)

We need to leave the shelter by 2pm as it is booked for the afternoon.

May 5th, 2019

20190505 Umstead South results

On a typical late spring day we had a good crowd trying out courses in Umstead State park. The rain held off for most of the day. A lot of people took the advanced courses with mostly great results. It was good to be able to use a remote part of the part. Results are […]

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April 23rd, 2019

Open event at Umstead South on May 5, 2019

Weather update: the event is on rain or shine. We cancel only if the park is closed (an update will be posted here in that case). We leave it to you to judge the weather situation and decide if you want to come or not. There is a significant chance of thunderstorms in the forecast for tomorrow, but it looks like it will be sporadic, so very hard to predict if we are going to be affected or not. If you attempt a green or red course please be extra careful as the farthest point of the course will be very far from the shelter area.

We will have an open event at Umstead state park on May 5, 2019. We will offer the usual array of courses, from beginner to advanced:

  • White: 1.7km, 9 controls
  • Yellow: 2.2km, 8 controls
  • Orange: 3.3km, 8 controls
  • Brown: 3.6km, 6 controls
  • Green: 5.4km, 7 controls
  • Red: 7km, 10 controls

Green and Red will have a remote start from the Reedy Creek Lake area, which is about a 15-20 minute walk/jog down from the shelter. Please plan ahead if you want to start later. Finish is at the shelter for all courses.

New for Green and Red is that I will print the control descriptions also on a separate card, so if you have a special holder for that, you can bring it with you.

We will have a beginners’ class at 12:30. If this is your first time trying this sport please arrive by 12:15 so that you can check-in and pick up your map before the class. All courses close and control pickup starts at 3pm.

If you are bringing a group of 5 or more please preregister by May 2 (preregistration has closed, we cannot accept more teams for this event). If you bring a large bus that doesn’t fit in a regular parking spot, you’ll have to park it off-site at a nearby mall (about half a mile away) and walk back to the park. This is becoming more and more important as we are hosting larger groups. We want to maintain a good relationship with the park.

The entrance of the park is off Harrison Avenue, called the Reedy Creek entrance. We start from the lower shelter, North of the parking lot.

The forest is now quite thick, the bugs are out, so please prepare accordingly. Long pants are recommended for courses orange and up.

April 16th, 2019

Results for Eno River (14 April 2019)

Although rain and thunder threatened, this one turned into quite a pleasant meet. A relatively small event, but the people who came enjoyed the beautiful park and Josef’s challenging courses, replete with his signature butterfly loops. On the morning of the event, Josef and I realized that Buckquarter Creek — typically ankle deep — was […]

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