The Sims 4: Snowy Escape climbing skill is one of the new additions in the frosty Japanese-inspired expansion pack. With 10 skill levels to master and the daunting peak of glacial Mount Komorebi waiting to be conquered, you’ll want to gear up your Sims and prepare them for the climb.
But it is not immediately obvious to plan a climbing excursion, or even to find the climbing areas and get to the top of the mountain. Here’s a guide to help you start and complete the perilous climb of Mount Komorebi and take your Sims through all 10 tiers of the new Climbing Skill. (And note: there are also new Snowy Escape cheats if you want to improve your skills with a few console commands.)
How to buy climbing gear
Before you even leave your Sim’s home, prepare for the ascension. Start by ordering climbing gear, which you can do from any computer (oddly, this is unlike buying skis and snowboards, found in vending machines). Although you can climb without equipment, your Sim is less likely to succeed and more likely to fall, which can lead to injury and even death.
To buy climbing equipment, click on a computer, select “More choices…” then click on “Order…”. Then you will need to choose “Adventure Gear…” followed by “Buy Climbing Gear”. It costs 450 Simoleons. Once you order it, the climbing gear will appear in your Sim’s inventory.
This gear won’t last forever – over time and use it will degrade, so before any climbing make sure it’s in good condition or you’ll have to buy a new set of climbing gear.
You should also buy food and other supplies before your climb – climbing takes time, so you should have snacks in your inventory and first aid items in case you get injured. You can stock up at the vending machines you find in Snowy Escape.
How to learn rock climbing techniques
You don’t even have to be on the mountain to start training. Using your home computer, your Sim can learn rock climbing skills that will appear when using the “Browse” feature on your Sim’s computer. It will start increasing your climbing skills without ever leaving home.
There is also a small training wall that you can use to practice. It is located near the Rabbit Hill of the ski slopes in the northern area of the mountains map. Practicing on this wall is another surefire way to increase your skills.
Here are the 10 skill levels and what they unlock:
- Level 1: Unlocks small wall climbing and climbing equipment
- Level 2: Unlocks Breakpoint and Brave Climbing, Snow Goggles
- Level 3: Unlocks the stretch and “climb attempt” option for medium walls
- Level 4: Unlocks the “chalk hands” action and new routes for medium walls
- Level 5: Unlocks climbing suit and break point option for medium walls
- Level 6: Unlocks the ability to climb the highest walls
- Level 7: Unlocks crafting energy bars, careful climbing for big walls
- Level 8: Unlocks practice on the highest walls
- Level 9: Unlocks protein bar crafting, brave big wall climbing
- Level 10: Unlocks training other Sims
How to start an escalation event
It all starts with a phone call. Rock climbing is a group activity, so you’ll need at least one partner, and you can bring several more – your Sim can’t go it alone, probably 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 select ‘Schedule a social event’. Then when your Sim takes out their phone and starts talking, scroll down to “Mountain Climb Excursion” when the menu window opens.
You’ll need to choose a trip leader (it doesn’t have to be your Sim, it can be someone else you invited) and at least one other participant from your contact list. Once you’ve done that, click the right arrow in the menu pane, then click the check mark on the next screen. You and anyone invited will appear at the Onsen Bathhouse, the starting point of your excursion.
How to successfully rock climb
Once at the bathhouse, 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 but the main objective (which allows your group to reach the 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.
For example, an objective might suggest you check each Sim’s climbing readiness and do some stretching exercises. It’s 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 way up. To check if you are ready, chalk your hands or stretch, click on your Sim and choose the action when it appears.
The markers, which you must reach before the next leg of the climb becomes available, can be tricky to spot – they are small signs sitting in the snow that are easy to miss. Zoom out and scan the trail, look for the climbing points and you should be able to see the signs in the middle of the snow at the top of each rock face.
There’s a lot of time between each step of the climb, so your Sims will quickly get hungry, tired, smelly, and have to go to the bathroom. On the second stage of the climb, there’s a tent for resting or sleeping (or having sex), and there are bushes along the way for your Sims to use the bathroom (or do love, if the tent wasn’t exciting enough).
You can go through all three stages of 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 craft energy and protein bars, these will quell hunger for several hours). The weather can also change as you go up, so don’t be surprised if you end up in a blizzard. If your Sims are injured, too cold, or too tired to continue, they may abandon the climb and you’ll have to try again another time.