The First Great Planetary Expedition

I'm not even 1/4 of the way into Kumay and all this talk of circumnavigating Beagle Point got me thinking about another idea. What's the smallest high-g planets that have been found? Alec, I know you and your FGPE scouts checked out all sorts of options. Anything suitable? I quite enjoyed the last hi-g drive I did although it was pretty rough!
 
A short after-lunch stint brought me to 120 degrees along the equator. It was pitch black and night vision had to be switched on. I was not in any hurry so I cruised along at a relaxing 30 m/s trying to avoid rocks just by steering and not using boost. As expected, the night sky is pretty much void of stars. I had a noticeable constellation of 3 above the horizon yesterday but they're gone now and the heavens are empty. Even the spiral shape of the galaxy is now gone. This all really adds to the isolated atmosphere of this location.

Amazingly the only mountain ridge on this body is... YES... along the equator. It doesn't look too bad by looking at the map but this might be deceptive. The first stretch of my route appears relatively free of worry. The landscape seems to be rolling along calmly. During the second half, I'm likely to encounter canyons of various depths. All in all, it could have been worse and I'm optimistic for completing this adventure with the means at my disposal :D

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I'm not even 1/4 of the way into Kumay and all this talk of circumnavigating Beagle Point got me thinking about another idea. What's the smallest high-g planets that have been found? Alec, I know you and your FGPE scouts checked out all sorts of options. Anything suitable? I quite enjoyed the last hi-g drive I did although it was pretty rough!
I'm not actually sure. There are various tools around like eddb and inara so I wonder if one of those will let you search/sort by radius and gravity to get an answer. In all the scouting I've done I've always stuck to low-g worlds I'm afraid.
 
I am in the southern void. Probably a mistake for not going around, I had had to use a few Premium jumps and am quite low on yttrium. I saw a few explorer names here one being attinall - His name was on the furthest system south I could find in anara There were a few others also. The last half a dozen jumps all the systems have been nameless.

I may just go a bit deeper measure the distance to where Jonas is. That would leave some room for some other lost soul to beat this if anyone was crazy enuff to want to.

Caliber
 
Hitting a few snags in my plans to take alt account to the galaxies edge. First the permit locked systems, grrrrrr. The second being that this account doesn't have the synthesis mats to make it to Salomé's Reach. Finally, play time. I need to do some thinking.
 
Stasis, Time is probably your most major factor, Getting the synth mats isn't too tricky, I can give you a list made by Stealthie of the best planets in the bubble to prospect for them. Mind you even that takes time.

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
'Til eternity passes away
Just to spend them the way I want to

Caliber
 
First the permit locked systems, grrrrrr.
These are quite annoying. I went down and underneath. I believe there are two regions locked between Sag A* and BP. Frontier should implement some kind of visual clue in the star map to make them visible so one can navigate around them more easily. Now it's all a bit of trial and error...
 
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These are quite annoying. I went down and underneath. I believe there are two regions locked. Frontier should implement some kind of visual clue in the star map to make them visible so one can navigate around them more easily. Now it's all a bit of trial and error...
Yes a special color for stars permit locked and no way to gain access. It would make a huge difference

Caliber
 
On the evening of 27th March 3305 I lined up (with a host of other drivers) on the startline of The First Great Planetary Expedition (just below the solar panels on the North side of the base).



As we rolled out towards the Sentinel and Cinder Toffee mountains I made a simple statement - "Bridger Town is no longer behind us ... it's in front of us!".

Almost exactly 56 days later (at around 8:40pm) and accompanied by a group of my fellow circumnavigators, I bounded (quite literally) INTO Bridger Town, did a few laps of the race track and then once again lined up underneath those same solar panels, battered, bruised and tired but above all truly fulfilled, to celebrate the completion of my circumnavigation of Kumay.



It's been a genuinely amazing journey.

On the first night I tried (and failed) to complete that "hellish" climb of the Sentinel, ultimately losing an SRV on the mountainside and then flying to the top to witness Cmdr Malibu (and others) perched on the peak surrounded by astonished onlookers.



The next morning I started out afresh, foregoing the "twin peaks challenge" to put some distance between me and the start. I remember the moment the yellow mountain terrain finally gave way to the red desert plains beyond and feeling like my circumnavigation was now truly underway.

I remember the "first great nipple jumping festival" at the Grand Canyon Crater and the loss of further SRVs due to some ludicrous "big air" shenanigans. We were all so young and innocent back then, looking again at the 3D map now - our expedition had barely begun.

Beyond that was one of the most scenic parts of the entire circumnavigation, taking in as it did the Lithops Mesa, the Blue Cliff and Vein valley complexes and the first proper loss of an SRV (as opposed to those lost through meetup tomfoolery) while fliving through the latter with Tannnik Seldon. Somewhere along the route there I was also trolled by an NPC Anaconda into taking a leap of faith off a cliff edge while Mr Seldon watched and laughed!



Next came the "dreaded" Northern Route (rumours of which were filtering back from the frontrunners) which started out deceptively easy and then got progressively trickier despite its brilliantly detailed mapping by my part-time guide Cmdr Alice Cooper.

And then what felt like a major landmark, the Northern Polar region with my successful (and epic) climb of Sulphur Peak ..



.. and my less than successful climb of Manaslu Peak where, after battling for ours with the near vertical icy slopes ..



.. I finally lost my ship (which I'd recalled in a moment of desperation less than 50m from the top) to an autopilot error.



Now I was truly alone without a safety net but resolved to plough on towards O'Donnell Settlement with a vague plan to somehow gain passage back to Bridger so I could purchase a new ship to cover me for the rest of the trip.

I made it to O'Donnell (after an action packed final 100km or so fliving alongside Cmdr Agony Aunt) ..



.. and, after boarding Alice Cooper's passing ship and remote detonating my SRV to distract the guards ..



.. I was then ferried back to Bridger where I purchased a new ship and then returned to O'Donnell under cover of darkness to resume my journey.

By now numerous communications were being received from those down South of endless days spent in the dark and I knew that this expedition was soon to become a test of resolve but before that there was Kitten Face Vale (a joyous exploration of the two ears of the "kitten" as I recall), a glorious journey over the top of Claw Ridge, the Cliffs of Insanity and on through the Tusken Wastes and then a major detour to the West as I skipped Horeshoe Crater (should probably revisit that) to pay a visit to Kumay's largest crater which finally lived up to its name (after a rather disappointing first impression) by greeting me with a truly spectacular sunrise.



I'm not sure exactly where it started but it was somewhere around this point that I discovered a rather unsavoury technique for destroying the WANTED ships that I encountered along the way and developed an obsession for photographing myself next to their wrecked carcasses!



And then yes ... it got dark ... and it stayed dark. I made it to the South Pole where there's nothing to see other than what you take with you ..



(hang on ... I forgot, didn't I stare at that thing too long much earlier on in my journey and go mad for a bit? something about butter and being naked ... or did I just imagine that?)

.. and then on through various adventures in glorious narrow canyons, bounding across Knievel's jump and a slight detour through Zig Zig point before the first traces of daylight finally made an appearance once more.

With the end now drawing relentlessly closer I felt myself unconsciously slowing the pace at this point (reluctant for it to end) and thoroughly explored the glorious terrain of Grim Face crater, followed some stunning canyon routes and, yes, subjected more ships to my Hanibal Lecterish tendencies.



More stalling tactics as I veered off-route again, paying attention to the in-game surface map for the first time in the entire trip and heading East to catch a run of canyons that by-passed Corona Basin for a more rewarding trip North.

And so we come to the final days. Bridger now appearing on the HUD, truly no longer behind but in front. A series of crater mounds (and crater mound art) ..



.. and then a final celebratory run in to Bridger Town (accompanied by the expedition's official "Buur Pit" camera crew - thanks for everything guys!) and finally the END (which Doctor Introvertsius quite rightly reminds us is but a part of the journey).

According to my distance travelled figures I've covered some 7,300km and, as I said at the start of this ramble, it's been a GENUINELY - AMAZING - JOURNEY.

For every adventure and place I've mentioned I've probably forgotten three. If you were involved in one of those, apologies and please feel free to remind me. If you want to read (and see) more then it's all there in the #screenshots, #videos and #stories section of the Discord.

Thank you to all those who've shared those adventures with me (whether in person or through your stories here and in the Discord) and to those that are still going ... keep going, it's worth it!

Alec x
 
@Caliber_az @Crank Larson
As I prepped my post for the circumnavigation of Salome's Reach on the Circumnavigation Club thread, I suddenly noticed that I am in fact not the first to drive this. Another group of commanders already completed it (I thought they were doing Beagle Point).

Anyhoo... I've decided to cancel my attempt as it seems insignificant now. I'll head back to Beagle Point and have a think on my next move.
 
@Caliber_az @Crank Larson
As I prepped my post for the circumnavigation of Salome's Reach on the Circumnavigation Club thread, I suddenly noticed that I am in fact not the first to drive this. Another group of commanders already completed it (I thought they were doing Beagle Point).

Anyhoo... I've decided to cancel my attempt as it seems insignificant now. I'll head back to Beagle Point and have a think on my next move.
Bummer. This is the system that is furthest away from me? DRYAO AIN QL-Y DO

If it is I will probably do it anyways just for the claim of doing 2 circumnavigations with the most distance between them ( That and a couple bucks should get me a coffee somewhere) .

Caliber
 
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