Schedule

Everyone is Welcome at our “Open” events

BOK has some events for everyone and some just for advanced orienteers.

  • Open Events: Everyone is welcome.  Starts begin at noon.  We offer a beginners class at 12:30. Pre-registration is required at all our events.
    • Fees:
    • BOK Annual Pass Holders  (Membership Information)
      • Your entry fee is included for regularly priced events
      • You will get a discount for specially priced events
    • No Annual Pass entry fee information
      • $7 for each entry and includes one map. People going out together as a group can register as one entry.
    • $2 for each additional map so everyone in your group can have a map.
    • $5 for rental of “finger stick”.  Each entry must have a “finger stick”  for safety and timing.  The finger stick is used to “punch in” at each “control” (a “control” is the checkpoint flag you are looking for.)  You can purchase your own finger stick to avoid this expense at our events.
  • Advanced Events:  Check the calendar for start times and course closing times. Confirm the difficulty level because many advanced events are at the expert level only. It’s best if you have your own Finger Stick. Must pre-register at least two days before the event.

BOK has different types of events at various difficulty levels.

Check below the schedule for explanations of the different events and difficulty levels.

To access our calendar from other applications, copy and paste this URL into any calendar product that supports the iCal format.
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/tvdtq21i5a08i3mvqj8ocnvi5g%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

Date Time Type Where Status Directors Notes
Jul 12 2020 (Sun) 10:00AM Summer Sprint Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA Approved Ian & Paul Check for cancellation or change of location
Aug 09 2020 (Sun) 10:00AM Open ARDF & Expert Orienteering Umstead West Approved Joseph & Ruth
Aug 16 2020 (Sun) 10:00AM ARDF Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest, Raleigh, NC 27607, USA Approved Joseph & Ruth
Aug 23 2020 (Sun) 10:00AM Open Sprint Lake Crabtree, North Carolina, USA Approved Robert
Sep 13 2020 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Umstead South Approved Ian & Paul
Sep 26 2020 (Sat) 08:00AM Urban Score Cary Pending Approval Imre
Oct 04 2020 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Carolina North Forest, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA Approved Vladimir & Tanya
Oct 11 2020 (Sun) 12:00PM Advanced Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Jock Rd, Bahama, NC 27503, USA Approved Dave New map
Oct 25 2020 (Sun) 12:00PM ARDF 80m Classic Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705, USA Approved Patrick & Kelly
Oct 31 2020 (Sat) 08:30PM Night-O Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest, Raleigh, NC 27607, USA Approved
Nov 08 2020 (Sun) 12:00PM Advanced Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705, USA Approved Vladimir & Tanya New map and new start location off Cole Mill Rd.
Nov 14 2020 (Sat) 12:00PM Open Birkhead Mountains Wilderness, Asheboro, NC 27205, USA Approved Joseph & Ruth
Nov 14 2020 (Sat) 08:00PM Night-O Birkhead Mountains Wilderness, Asheboro, NC 27205, USA Approved Joseph & Ruth
Nov 15 2020 (Sun) 10:00AM Advanced Birkhead Mountains Wilderness, Asheboro, NC 27205, USA Approved Joseph & Ruth
Nov 22 2020 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Umstead North Approved Imre & Mihai Shelter not yet reserved
Dec 06 2020 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Umstead South Approved Lina, Vladimir, Tanya Shelter not yet reserved
Dec 13 2020 (Sun) 12:00PM Score-O Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705, USA Approved Dave 2- and 4-hour score-O in previously unused parts of the park

Types of Events

Here are some of the different types of events that are offered as either Open or Advanced events.  Be sure to check the Difficulty level on the schedule, because you must have completed a course at or above that level to attend the event.

  • Classic Events: These are our premier Open events where we offer all of the Difficulty levels and have beginners instruction.  Each course has an assigned route and the controls must be taken in order.  You must visit all the controls on your course and the shortest time wins.  Unless otherwise stated, courses open at noon and close at 3pm.  Pre-registration is required at all our events. (Check the article for registration deadlines.)
  • Sprint Events: These are short courses at with lots of controls and direction changes.  Usually there are two courses and you can do both.  Other courses may also be available.
  • Score Events: In Score events you may take the controls in any order and there is a strict time limit with penalties for returning overtime.  Controls have a point value depending on their difficulty, and the high score wins. The Difficulty level will be specified in the schedule. There may be other rules as well.
  • Night Events: Usually a score course with a mass start, where everyone starts at the same time.  the event starts after dark, so check the calendar for start times. Be sure to check the Difficulty level on the schedule.
  • Relay Event: Similar to a Sprint with short complex courses.  There is a mass start with one person starting from each team.  When a team member finishes the next team member starts.  Check the difficulty level, usually at the Advanced level.
  • Radio Orienteering: Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) is the sport of finding radio transmitters on foot, using radio receiver, map, and compass in diverse, wooded terrain.  We have a limited amount of equipment to loan out so please register if you are planning to attend an ARDF event.  ARDF information

Course Difficulty Levels

When a Difficulty for an event is mentioned in the schedule then you must have already succeeded on a course of at least that difficulty to attend the event.

Finishing a course should take about an hour, but can range from 20 minutes to 3 hours.  Typical time on white is 40 minutes, yellow, an hour, and on the more advanced courses about 90 minutes.  When you finish in less time, that’s the signal to move up to a more difficult course.  We usually start at noon and close the course at 3pm, but you should check the course closing time at each event.  We pick the controls up promptly at the closing time – you could volunteer to help if you want to collect some controls.

The stated length of the courses is a target for the course designer and may differ at an event.  Here is a detailed description of the courses.

  Difficulty Levels:

  • Beginner: White course (1.6-2 km) – Follows trails or other linear map features.  Controls are easily visible from the trail.  Controls are frequently at decision points.
  • Intermediate: Yellow course (2.5-3 km) – Mostly can be done by trails with options to take off-trail shortcuts.  Controls are usually visible within 10 meters from a trail.
  • Advanced: Orange course (3.3-3.5 km) – Off-trail navigation is necessary.  Usually a “catch feature”  or an “attack point” within 100m of a control.  Trails can frequently be used as a route choice but usually are not the best way to go.
  • Expert: Brown (3.6-3.8 km), Green (5.4-5.7 km), Red (6.4-7 km), and Blue (>7.5 km) courses – These courses are all as complex as the terrain allows with minimal use of trails and differ only in length.




The Carolina Orienteering Klub (COK) has events throughout the year. Check their schedule for additional orienteering events in North Carolina.

You can also track the schedule using Google Calendar.

5 Responses to “Schedule”

  1. Hi,
    I’m going to be in town visiting my sister May 20 , when you hold a members only event. I’m determined to come but I’m not a member, and neither is she (she only does this to spend time with me). I’ve been a member up here at QOC, but I’m not a current member. I typically do Brown courses around 4 km, but I only make it to several events each year.

    I’d rather we run without having to buy a membership. But I’m willing to buy a membership just for this one event if necessary. But wd both of us need to buy a membership, bc that wd be too much. Or wd you accept a QOC membership for entry by reciprocity , if I bought that?

  2. I would like to register my son for the open event Sep 08 2019 (Sun). He has a requirement for 1 mile orienteering hike.

  3. Hi David,
    Once we get closer to September the event will be posted to our store:

    https://backwoodsok.org/store/

    You’ll be able to register then.

  4. I am the Sr. Naval Science Instructor at Union Pines HS in Cameron, NC and our NJROTC Orienteering team would be interested in competing in the events on Oct 19 at Umstead and Dec 1st at Raven Rock.

    Our team is relatively new, but need to get these on our schedule so we have a goal to aim for.

    What is required to register our team? Thanks in advance.

    CDR Chuck Wolfe
    UPHS NJROTC

  5. Hi Chuck,

    you should be fine attending both events with your team. Please keep an eye on our website to see when we post the official announcement of the event. At that time you’ll be able to register your team through our webstore:

    https://backwoodsok.org/store/

    Best,
    Imre

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