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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July 7th, 2019

Results for Sprint at Dix on July 7, 2019

We had several courses designed by Gheorghe Fala around the buildings in Dorothea Dix park. Many people showed up despite the heat and the imminent storms. In the end everyone finished dry (at least from the rain). These events are a bit different from regular ones: there is very little vegetation, most of the navigation […]

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July 1st, 2019

Sprint this Sunday at Dorothea Dix Park

After some shifting around of our schedule, we’re very pleased that one of BOK’s newest members (though a longtime orienteer) Gheorghe Fala has stepped-up to set three sprint courses at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, this Sunday, July 7. Everyone is invited to enjoy one or more short, fast courses in a more urban setting than we’re accustomed to. One of the courses will be beginner friendly.

Starts can be accommodated between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, and we are tentatively planning to offer a beginner’s class at 11:00 AM. If you’re new to orienteering and want to try it out, this is a great low-risk opportunity. Try to arrive by 10:30 or so, to take the beginner’s class.

Registration and starts will be at the small shelter on Umstead Drive, just east of the large parking lot. Park here (GPS coordinates = 35.771660, -78.661775).

Everyone (including members) must pre-register for this event so that we know how many maps to print. Register and pay here, being sure to indicate how many courses you plan to run.

June 26th, 2019

Pre-registration required at all events!

As our region becomes more populous the parks are tightening their rules. Several of our venues will not allow us to collect money and some are limiting the number of participants. So to deal with these developments we are now using a storefront where we can collect registration information as well as collect money for any event fees if necessary.

Even if you are a member, you must still register using the store before the event.

This will speed up the line to get started at events because the event director won’t need to collect money and will have all your information and signed waiver. Also when you pre-register before the registration deadline you will be guaranteed a map.

Most events will have some extra maps so you can register late, or even at the event using your phone, but it is really better if you register on time so you won’t have to wait for someone to return and give you their map.

Another advantage to the store is we will no longer restrict our advanced and expert events to members only. The restriction to attend these events will now be only based on your skill level.

  • To attend an advanced event you must have previously completed an Orange or above course at an orienteering club event
  • To attend an expert event you must have previously completed an Brown or above course at an orienteering club event

Group registration should also be completed in our store. After you select the items for the first person (or group) you can add another entry. Simply change the name and check boxes, and then click “Add Another” and the store will add the new entry to the cart. You can pay for all the entries in one transaction.

June 23rd, 2019

Results: 2019-06-23 Open Sprint at Lake Crabtree

Lake Crabtree squeezes in a almost 10 miles of serpentine trail in a county park the size of a postage stamp, and all of those trails and trail crossings can get people turned around in a hurry. As a small park, it is a good venue for some shorter beginner and sprint style courses. Four […]

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June 10th, 2019

2019 ARDF US and Region II Championships

Link to Bulletin 3 All of the Bulletin 3 details can be found in this Google Doc. Registration and Payment can be found on the OUSA site: Use this link to see who has already registered: Deadlines Approaching Costs go up on July 6, & July 14, 2019 Hotel Discount Deadline July 6, 2019 Besides […]

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