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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June 17th, 2024

2m Radio Orienteering Eno River Fews Ford

We will have a 2 meter Radio Orienteering event at Eno River State Park Fews Ford area on Sunday, June 23.

  • This will be a standard 2 meter classic event.
    • 3 available courses:
      • 3 foxes: 5.8km effective length
      • 4 foxes: 7.0km effective length
      • 5 foxes: 9.2km effective length
    • Start: Approx 75m from check-in.
    • Finish: Approx 300m from check-in.
    • Maps will be 1:10000 with 5 meter contours.
    • Maps will be printed on legal size paper. They can be folded to fit letter size map boards if needed.
    • Frequencies
      • TBD. Will also be printed on the map.
    • You will not have to cross the river.
  • Course opens: 10:00am
  • Course closes: 3:00pm. You must be out of the woods and back at check-in by 3:00pm.
  • Time limit: 3 hours for all courses
  • Check-in: At the O’Briant Cabin: from the loop parking lot, follow the Cox Mountain trail to the bridge, the cabin is on the left after crossing the bridge. 36.074448, -79.008573
  • Do not run on the bridge
  • There will be no scheduled beginner class. If you would like to try 2 meter we will be able to give some basic instructions.
  • If you need to rent a 2 meter receiver make sure to select it on the registration page.
  • There will be no drinking water at the cabin or on the course. Restrooms and drinking water are available at the parking area. There is a primitive toilet near the cabin. Due to the high forecasted temperatures, participants are encouraged to bring drinking water.

Registration closes at 5pm on Friday 6/21

Eno River State Park
Fews Ford Access
Parking: 6140 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705 36.073990, -79.005813
Check-in: At the O’Briant Cabin: from the loop parking lot, follow the Cox Mountain trail to the bridge, the cabin is on the left after crossing the bridge. 36.074448, -79.008573

Event Director: Will Allen, KG4OQO

May 26th, 2024

New map! Advanced event at Cane Creek Mountains

On the weekend of June 29 and 30, BOK will hold a unique advanced event at a new venue: Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area in Alamance County. Note: this area has challenging rocky and overgrown terrain, so extra caution should be taken.  There will be a night-O course on Saturday June, 29 and a score-O and “scrabble-O” course on Sunday June, 30. Advance registration is required. Register by 8:00 am Saturday June, 29. Details are provided below.

Registered or not, all are welcome to guess the winning 2-hour scrabble-O route for Sunday June, 30. Be sure to read the guidelines for the event and refer to the image below showing the location of letters and start/finish relative to each other. Fill out this form before 8:00 am Sunday June, 30. The closest guess to actual winning route will win a Moscow Model 3 compass and will be notified by email.  In case of a tie, the earlier submission wins. Here’s a handy print-out (pdf).

Note: park hours are 8 am – 9 pm. Park at 5075 Bass Mountain, Rd, Snow Camp, NC 27349 (GPS = 35.958057, -79.420988).  Check-in and start/finish will be at campsite #2 (GPS = 35.958502, -79.423672). There is a pit toilet and potable water at the parking area. Finger sticks will not be used for any course, but route recording on livelox will be strongly encouraged, especially for the scrabble-O. Participants will receive a passport to collect hole punches at each control.

For Saturday June, 29 night-O: entry will be limited to registered campers of Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area. The park offers four drive-in primitive campsites available for reservation. Click here to visit the campsite reservation site. Reserve your camp before registering for the night-O. This will be a night version of the 2-hour Sunday score-O and scrabble-O. Map and passport distribution begins at 8:00 pm with briefing at 8:45 pm. Mass start at 9:00 pm.

For Sunday June, 30 score-O and scrabble-O: participants can do either, or both (successively). Each course involves the same map consisting of 26 controls, the same time limit of 2 hours and the same time penalty of 5 points per minute over 2 hours. The difference will be in the scoring and route strategies. Read the guidelines below before registering. Beat the heat! Start either course anytime from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Courses close at 2:00 pm.

Each control will be identified on a 1:10,000 map and in the field by a letter A-Z. The point value of each control will be based on the Scrabble board game:

1 point- A, E, I, O, U, L, N, S, T, R.
2 points- D, G.
3 points- B, C, M, P.
4 points- F, H, V, W, Y.
5 points- K.
8 points- J, X.
10 points- Q, Z.

For the score-O, the maximum score for clearing the course will be 87 points with a route of approximately 12 km. For the scrabble-O, double points will be awarded for visiting controls in an order that spells a word (in English) two letters in length or longer. Participants can visit each control only once and will be limited to reusing the same letter(s) for unique words that overlap, example: P-R-I-S-M-U-G. Words formed and scored: prism and smug. Note that conjugated, or pluralized words do not get scored twice, nor do words within words. For example: C-A-T-S. The only word scored would be cats (not cat or at). A carefully planned route of approximately 12 km scores well over 100 points without visiting all controls. For proof of concept, refer to Eno Scrabble Virtual Orienteering

May 13th, 2024

Results: Dorothea Dix Orienteering May 19, 2024

The forecast rain didn’t materialize at all, so we had beautiful cool windy cloudy conditions. Control 68 didn’t beep for anyone or show up when they downloaded, so we removed it from the results so that no one had a mispunch for “missing” 68. I guess the control felt guilty for not beeping, because when […]

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May 12th, 2024

Results – Open Radio-O/ARDF 80 m Classic at Umstead South, May 12, 2024

It was a perfect day for running in the woods. No rain – yay! Sunny but not very hot. Also, good attendance despite the Mother’s day and school graduation. Thanks to all, both seasoned and new competitors, for coming out! The directors tried to make courses with multiple choices for routes. This was not easy […]

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May 5th, 2024

Results – Occoneechee 5 May

Rain. We had a fun day out at Occoneechee Mountain despite the weather. And we had perfect attendance. Everyone who signed up got out to run, with a brave group who started right after 10am and had to run most of their course in the rain. Occoneechee packs so much into a compact park that […]

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