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The Sims 4 Snowy Escape: Mountain Climb Excursion Guide

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Mountain Excursions are a brand new social event that comes with The Sims 4 Snowy Escape, but these social events are unlike any other social event in the game. Sims must brave the harsh conditions of Mt. Komorebi in an epic quest to reach the summit; failing could mean certain death! It’s important to prepare for these excursions with plenty of practice, food, and knowledge of the conditions on the mountain to ensure a successful expedition.

Preparation is Key

Before you even think about starting an excursion, you’ll want to make sure your Sim’s Rock Climbing Skill is up-to-snuff. We recommend having a Rock Climbing Skill of at least level 9 before embarking on an excursion. This will ensure that your Sim can complete all of the objectives on the excursion for even the most perilous sections of the journey.

Next, don’t forget your Rock Climbing Gear! It could save your life on the excursion! Purchase Rock Climbing Gear from a computer and equip it from your Sim’s inventory. Make sure it’s in tip-top shape and do any maintenance or repairs it needs before you set off.

Supplies like tents and food are also a must. Purchase a tent from Build/Buy and put it in your Sim’s inventory to take it with you on the mountain. If your Sim is at least level 7 of the Rock Climbing Skill, they can craft Energy Bars that will help them keep up their strength on the long and difficult journey. Make sure you bring some apples and cherries to make them! You can also use blackberries and strawberries to make Protein Bars if your Sim is at level 9 of the Rock Climbing Skill.

Finally, do your research about the conditions you’ll be facing. You can check the conditions on Mt. Komorebi by looking at any information board; there is one in Yukimatsu at the base of the big slopes you can consult. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security; just because weather conditions look good when you first arrive in Yukimatsu, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be that way further up the mountain. You could run into a sudden thundersnow storm midway to the summit!

Beginning Your Mountain Excursion

To start a Mountain Excursion, use the Social Event option under the Social tab on your Sim’s cell phone. Unlike other social events, goals are not optional for Mountain Excursions; you will always be forced to choose a goaled event. Select your Sim to be the team leader and at least one other Sim to be a team member to get your excursion started.

Once the excursion begins, you’ll be presented with a series of goals to complete in order to move on to the next area of the excursion. Your team must earn at least a silver medal in order to unlock the next area of the mountain to advance to. Can your Sims brave potentially deadly hazards and make it all the way to the summit?

Area 1: Yukimatsu

Main Goal

  • Gather excursion members near the Trail Map Marker at the top of the Climbing Route.

Other Goals

  • Check Excursion Leader’s Climbing Readiness
  • Have a Sim perform any exercise to warm up

Rewards

  • None

Walkthrough

Your journey begins at the Onsen Bath House in Yukimatsu but the first trail marker is all the way at the top of the hill behind the big slopes. You and your team will have to make your way up the medium height rock wall here to gather at the trail marker. The marker is a small wooden signpost sticking out of the snow at the top of the rock wall.

Your team members should autonomously climb the wall to gather at the marker, but if you’re having trouble corralling everyone in one spot, click on them and select Actions > Add to Group, then click on the ground near the marker and select Go Here Together. Since gathering at the marker is the main goal, this will push the excursion to a silver medal, which will allow you to move on to the next section.

However, if you want to excel and get a gold medal, you’ll have to do some of the other goals listed. I found this was very easy; my Sim autonomously Checked Excursion Leader’s Climbing Readiness when she reached the marker, which pushed the excursion performance to a gold medal without much effort on my part.

Area 2: Mt. Komorebi Base Camp

Main Goal

  • Gather excursion members near the Trail Map Marker at the top of the Climbing Route.

Other Goals

  • Inspect Climbing Route Conditions
  • Climb Up a Rock Wall
  • Have a Sim rest for at least an hour

Rewards

  • Mountain climbing t-shirt (Gold Medal in previous area)

Mountain climbing t-shirt. Unlock by reaching Mt. Komorebi Base Camp on a Mountain Climb Excursion at Gold level.

Walkthrough

Base Camp is a good place for your Sims to stop and rest before tackling the most dangerous part of the mountain ahead. There may be a tent already set up in the area for your Sims to take advantage of, but if there isn’t, hopefully you brought one with you, because resting is one of the goals for this area.

First, use a tent to take a nap or sleep if your Sims are very tired. This should complete one of the goals for this area. Then head over to the rock wall in this area. Click the wall to Inspect Climbing Conditions. This is another goal checked off the list. You have an important decision to make here. If conditions are bad and the success odds are low, you may want to stay at Base Camp for a night and wait for better weather. You can choose to push ahead and climb up to the next marker anyway, but it’s risky. Remember, Sims can be injured and even die on these dangerous mountain routes.

Once you’ve made it up the rock wall, all that’s left to do to get a gold medal in this area is to gather at the marker once again. Then move on to the next area.

Area 3: The Croft Icefall

Main Goal

  • Gather excursion members near the Trail Map Marker at the top of the Climbing Route.

Other Goals

  • Have a Sim eat something
  • Have a Sim Climb Courageously
  • Light a bonfire

Rewards

  • Group Leader receives Middling Mountaineer reward trait (Silver Medal in previous area)
  • Group Leader receives Capable Mountaineer reward trait (Gold Medal in previous area)

Walkthrough

This is the most dangerous section of the mountain, but your team is so close to the summit if they’ve made it this far! First, your Sims should take the opportunity to eat something. Hopefully they came prepared with provisions, because this is a goal for this section of the mountain. Then have your Sims warm up by lighting a bonfire. There should already be a wood pile waiting for them to light in this section.

Next comes the scary part; your Sim will have to Climb Courageously up to the top of the tallest rock wall they’ve encountered yet. Your Sim will need to be at level 9 of the Rock Climbing Skill to complete this goal. As expected, making it all the way to the summit of Mt. Komorebi is not for the inexperienced climber! This will be the most dangerous climb of the entire excursion so be on your toes. If weather conditions are bad, or if your Sim is injured or carrying damaged Climbing Gear, you might want to seriously consider camping out until conditions improve. Not doing so could end in tragedy for your team.

Assuming you and your team have made it to the top of the rock wall alive, head further up the path where the trail marker is to gather and complete the main objective, allowing you passage to the summit. There is also a cave along this path your Sims can use for shelter, exploration, and even some romance if they need it.

Area 4: Mt. Komorebi Peak

Main Goal

  • None! Celebrate!

Other Goals

  • None! Celebrate!

Rewards

  • Group Leader receives Capable Mountaineer reward trait (Silver Medal in previous area)
  • Group Leader receives Expert Mountaineer reward trait (Gold Medal in previous area)
  • Mountain climbing bracelet (Gold Medal in previous area)
  • Mountain climbing beanie
  • Group Leader receives silver wall plaque (Silver Medal in previous area)
  • Group Leader receives gold wall plaque (Gold Medal in previous area)
  • Ability to build on the 20×20 lot at the summit
  • 300 simoleons

Walkthrough

Congratulations! Very few Sims make it to the summit alive, but you and your team have braved the worst of hazards and ultimately prevailed! Your reward? An absolutely breathtaking view high above the clouds (along with a few other goodies).

The best part? There is a 20×20 lot at the summit just waiting for you to build anything your heart desires on it. Perhaps a cozy little mountain cabin for your tired Sims to rest and recharge? Or how about a natural hot spring? Both? It’s completely up to you, but remember; this lot is hidden on the map, so your Sims will need to brave the mountain again on a future excursion in order to pay a second visit.

Fun Fact

If the player owns the Realm of Magic game pack and goes on a Mountain Climb Excursion with a skilled Spellcaster, they can completely bypass a lot of the challenges they might face on the excursion, making it extremely easy to reach the summit. I was able to use the transportalate spell to teleport myself to the top of all the rock walls. My team members completed most of the climbing goals for me, except for the Climb Courageously goal. I was also able to complete the Have a Sim Eat Something goal by casting Delicioso, and fill up my motives as I pleased with plenty of Potions of Plentiful Needs (but if I had run low, I could have cast the Copypasto spell on my last bottle to make as many as I needed).

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