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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September 18th, 2021

Open event, Lake Crabtree, 26 September

Registration for this event is closed.

Everyone is welcome to Lake Crabtree park on Sunday, September 26 for our first open orienteering event of the season.  We will offer courses for all skill levels — from beginner (white) to expert (brown, green, red) — and they will be open between noon and 2:00 PM.  Registration and map pickup will be at the Beech shelter (GPS coordiates = 35.840440, -78.793463). Park in the second parking lot to your right after entering the park.  When you preregister online, you must sign up for a specific half-hour timeslot, during which you should arrive, pick up your map, and start your course. When 12 people have signed up for a particular slot, it will be closed and will not appear as an option when you register. Note also that there is one special early timeslot, reserved only for beginners.  You must register online before Friday (24 Sept) at 8:00 PM. Please note also that annual passes for 2020 expired at the end of August.  In order to claim the annual pass discount when you register, you must have purchased a 2021 pass recently.  Annual passes for 2021 are available at our online store, and registration for the Lake Crabtree event is here.

Covid safety.  Participants will be expected to wear a mask when interacting with people at the registration shelter. Having your nose sticking out of your mask will mark you as a loser, and you may expect less friendly interactions from event staff. The start and finish for all courses will be away from the registration shelter.  Please do not crowd the start area 

Beginner’s class We will also provide an in-person beginner’s class at noon for the first twelve people to register for it.  If you have never orienteered before, and would like to take this class, you should sign up for the 11:30 timeslot when you register.  Plan on arriving to the park with enough time to get your map(s) and any rental equipment before attending the class at noon. The beginner’s class has been fully booked. If you are a beginner to orienteering, you may still register for the event, but unfortunately there will not be room to accommodate you in the class. Individual meet staff will be available, though, and can still provide informal instruction as needed.

Tentative course information.

Beginner (White):  1.7 km; 18 controls.  One leg of the white course will require following streamers through the woods.

Intermediate (Yellow):  2.7 km ; 15 controls.

Advanced (Orange): 3.6 km; 11 controls.

Expert short (Brown): 4.1 km; 11 controls.

Expert medium (Green): 5.2 km, 12 controls.

Expert long (Red): 6.2 km, 15 controls.

Control pickup will begin at 3:00, and any help will be greatly appreciated.

September 15th, 2021

2021 US & Region II ARDF Championships Bulletin 2

Everyone is welcome at the 2021 US & Region II ARDF Championships.

Bulletin II is now available containing all the necessary event information.

View Bulletin 2 as a Google Doc

View Bulletin 2 as a published web page.

(Changes to the Bulletin will be posted here & in the Bulletin if/when they occur.)

9/19/21 Things to do in Asheboro added to the end of Bulletin 2.

Location: Durham, NC for the practice events and Asheboro, NC for the Championship Events

  • Practice Events
    • October 10-12, 2021
  • Championship Events
    • October 14-17

Everyone is welcome to participate. There will be awards for US Champion, Region II Champion and Overall.

Registration for the Championship Events is at EventReg.OrienteeringUSA (BOK current Annual Pass holders can enter “BOK” for a $7 discount coupon on the “Summary Page”.)

Registration for the three Practice events is at BackwoodsOK.org/Store When registering for the Carolina North event choose the event with your preferred arrival window.

All participants must be fully vaccinated against Covid and wear masks when approaching event volunteers.

September 14th, 2021

2021-09-12 – ARDF 2m Classic, Eno River State Park — Results.

Nine participants came out run the course. It was exciting to try Charles’ 2m transmitters in a rugged environment. There was much discussion of how reflections might come out differently with different antenna types, how power levels and terrain affected readings, and different techniques for figuring out where transmitters are given some misleading signals. Ah, […]

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September 8th, 2021

Open Radio-O/ARDF 80m & 2m CNF – Results

We had wonderful weather. Eight participants came out to run the course. With the centrally located start, we expected many different course choices. It was fun afterward to hear how participants planned their runs. In addition to the complexity of the course, several participants went on both the 80m and 2m course, adding exhaustion to […]

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September 6th, 2021

Results — Carolina North Saturday Fox Chase

We had a very fun “fox chase” event at Carolina North, in which competitors only received points for a control if, after each one, they returned to me, as I walked a loop through the course. As I distributed maps to competitors, I tried to warn them that it is very hard to plan an […]

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