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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January 21st, 2019

Open event at Carolina North Forest on Jan 27, 2019

We will have an OPEN event at Carolina North Forest on Sunday January 27, 2019.
Everyone is welcome, and we will have a beginners class at 12:30.
Park at the parking lot of Orange County Health Department (2501 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516) and follow BOK signs to the start, which is on a major paved trail (greenway) 300 feet south west from the parking lot.

The event starts at noon and everybody must finish by 3 PM.

We will have all regular courses from beginner through expert, White through Red.

If you are bringing a group of 5 or more people please pre-register for this event.

Help with control pick-up would be appreciated.

Vladimir and Tatyana

January 15th, 2019

Membership and Event Fees Increase in 2019

After decades of remaining constant we are making slight increases to our event and membership fees.  These increases were approved at our Annual Meeting last year.

  • Event fees are now $7
  • Individual membership fee is $35
  • Family membership is $50

Other fees remain the same:

  • Extra maps $2
  • Whistles $1
  • Finger Sticks $37
  • Lost rental finger sticks $40
January 3rd, 2019

Advanced Members Relay 2/10/19

Update 1/15/19 We have rescheduled the 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.)

Update 1/12/19: Josef has canceled the event on Jan 13, and would like to reschedule to Feb 10, 2019.  I will check with the park to confirm the new date and post it here.  A relay like this requires a good bit of standing around waiting for your partner and freezing rain won’t make that much fun.  Hopefully Feb 10 will be better.

Update 1/9/19:  Be sure to check here 10am the morning of the event.  We will postpone the event if Umstead is closed or Josef can’t get to Raleigh.  If it is raining I will bring a shelter.  Maybe someone can bring what we need to make hot tea.

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).

December 17th, 2018

Results — Umstead Score-O

  After a one-week snow delay, about 20 orienteers gathered at the multi-purpose trailhead at Umstead park for our fifth annual December score-O. Although the weather was generally perfect (mid 50’s and sunny), the ground was very soggy and creek levels were high. In some areas, creek crossings that are typically ankle-deep were up now […]

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November 26th, 2018

Lake Crabtree Event on December 2nd

UPDATE as of Sunday morning: We’ve just spoken with park management and the event is ON. (Despite the possibility of rain and the fact that the mountain bike trails are closed.)


The bad news: complications scheduling the event with the park held up the approval, to the point where we almost had to cancel.

The better news: we will still have the event, but for klub members only.

Come enjoy a Farsta relay at Lake Crabtree!

The park typically closes the trail (and the park) if the weather is wet the days before the event, and the forecast as of Monday is a bit sketchy. We will post on the web site if the park denies us access, so please monitor the web site before heading out.

There will be a mass start at noon, please arrive a bit early for instructions.

A Farsta relay is a one-man relay where each participant runs two relay loops. The course is made up of intersecting loops. The number of shared forking controls determines the possible number of relay legs. For example, two loops with four shared fork controls gives 16 possible relay loops. Everyone runs the same total set of course segments eventually, but following might be very risky as two people may set off in different directions at a shared control. If two people want to run one loop each, that’s fine too.

There will be orientation to the event format and course assignment at 11:50 and a mass start around noon.

Course level is orange and there are 10 controls on each of the two legs. Legs range from 1.7km to 2.2km with a total for each of your two legs about 3.9km.

Start will be near the small amphitheater just east of the parking lot after the boat rental parking lot. This lot is the 5th driveway on the right after the park entrance. The park entrance is at 1400 Aviation Parkway (First light south from I-40 exit 285). There is a sign for the amphitheater trail on the east side of the parking lot. There will not be the usual BOK signs. There is no preregistration for this event. Just show up by 11:50.