The Sims 4: Snowy Escape Climbing Skill is one of the new additions to the Japan-inspired Frosted Expansion Pack. With 10 skill levels to master and the intimidating summit of icy Mount Komorebi waiting to be conquered, you’ll want to groom your Sims and prepare them to climb.
But it is not immediately obvious to plan a climbing excursion, or even to find the climbing areas and reach the top of the mountain. Here’s a guide to help you start and finish the perilous climb of Mount Komorebi and take your Sims through the 10 levels of the new Climbing Skill. (And note: there are also some new Snowy Escape tips if you want to improve your skills with a few console commands.)
How to buy climbing equipment
Before you even leave your Sim’s house, you’ll want to prepare for the Ascension. Start by ordering climbing gear, which you can do from any computer (strangely, it’s not like buying skis and snowboards, which can be found in vending machines). While you can climb without gear, your Sim is less likely to succeed and more likely to fall, which can lead to injury and even death.
To purchase climbing equipment, click on a computer, select “More Choices …”, then click “Order …”. It costs 450 Simoleons. Once you order it, climbing gear will appear in your Sim’s inventory.
This equipment will not last forever – over time and use it will degrade, so before any climbing trip, make sure it is in good condition or you will need to purchase a new set of climbing equipment.
You should also purchase food and other supplies before your ascent. Climbing takes time, so you should have snacks in your inventory and first aid items in case of an injury. You can get your supplies from the vending machines you find in Snowy Escape.
How to learn climbing techniques
You don’t even have to be in the mountains to start training. Using your home computer, your Sim can learn climbing techniques that will appear when using the âBrowseâ feature on your Sim’s computer. It will start to increase your climbing skills without ever leaving the house.
There is also a small training wall that you can use to practice. It is located near the hill of the rabbits of the ski slopes in the northern area of ââthe mountain map. Practicing on this wall is another sure way to increase your skills.
Here are the 10 skill levels and what they unlock:
- Level 1: Unlocks small wall climbing and climbing gear gear
- Level 2: Unlocks the breaking point and courageous climbing, snow goggles
- Level 3: Unlocks stretch and ‘attempt to climb’ option for medium walls
- Level 4: Unlocks the chalk hands action and new routes for medium walls
- Level 5: Unlocks climbing suit and breaking point option for medium walls
- Level 6: Unlocks the ability to climb the highest walls
- Level 7: Unlocks energy bar crafting, careful climbing for high walls
- Level 8: Unlock training on the highest walls
- Level 9: Unlocks Protein Bar Crafting, Courageous Climbing High Walls
- Level 10: Unlocks training for other Sims
How to start a climbing event
It all starts with a phone call. Rock climbing is a group activity, so you will need at least one partner and you can bring several more. Your Sim can’t go alone, possibly for safety reasons.
To start the escalation event, click on your Sim’s phone icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Choose the “Social” tab (it looks like a chat bubble) and choose “Schedule a social event”. Then, when your Sim pulls out their phone and starts talking, scroll down to âMountain Climb Excursionâ when the menu window opens.
You will need to choose a Tour Manager (it doesn’t have to be your Sim, it can be someone else you’ve invited) and at least one other participant from your contact list. Once you’ve done that, click the right arrow in the menu pane and then click the check mark on the next screen. You and anyone you invite will appear at the Onsen Bathhouse, the starting point of your tour.
How to successfully climb
Once at the public baths, your group will head to the chairlifts, which will take them to the start of the climb. In the upper left corner of your screen, a series of objectives will appear. All except the main objective (which gets your party to reach the trail markers so you can move on to the next stage of the climb) are optional, but you may want to complete them for a safer and more rewarding ascent.
For example, a goal might suggest that you check each Sim’s readiness to climb and do stretching exercises. This is not required, but it can reduce the risk of a fall or injury (or death). Stretching can also give you a focused mood, which will help you on your climb. To make sure you’re ready, chalk your hands or stretch, click your Sim and choose the action when it appears.
The trail markers, which you must reach before the next stage of the ascent is available, can be difficult to spot – they are small signs set in the snow that are easy to miss. Zoom out and scan the trail, look for the climbing spots and you should be able to see the signs in the middle of the snow at the top of each rock face.
A lot of time passes between each step of the climb, so your Sims will quickly get hungry, tired, stinky, and need to go to the bathroom. On the second stage of the ascent, there is a tent for resting or sleeping (or making love), and there are bushes along the way for your Sims to use the bathroom (or have sex, if the tent wasn’t exciting enough).
You can walk through all three stages of the ascent and reach the top of the mountain without eating, but it’s a good idea to have some food with you to keep your Sims happy and energized (once you can make energy and protein bars, these will keep hunger away for several hours). The weather can also change as you climb so don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a snowstorm. If your Sims are injured, too cold, or too tired to continue, they may drop out of the climb and you will have to try again another time.