Skills are an important part of the game that not only offer each hiker an additional path to victory, but also offers an alternate way to counter challenges during your hike.
Acquiring Skills Cards
Anytime you resolve a challenge (WEATHER or HIKE card), you get to choose a SKILL card from the Skill pool on the board. The Skill pool consists of 3 face-up Skill cards that all players can draw from to build their Skill sets throughout the game.
Collecting Skills Cards
You may collect up to 6 skill cards at any time during your hike. You may continue to pick up new skill cards, but must discard any over 6 total.
Building Skill Sets
Once you have collected 3 Skill cards with matching GEAR icons, you may build a SKILL SET. The 3 skill cards are discarded and you receive a SKILL SET TOKEN with a matching GEAR icon.
Using Skill Set Tokens
Skill Set tokens are worth points – twice as many points as scenic cards – at the end of the game!
A Skill Set token can be used in leu of GEAR cards to resolve challenges! Once played though, the token would be discarded and points lost.
2 matching Skill Set tokens can make you a SKILL MASTER for that gear type. Once used, those tokens would be discarded, but you are immune to ANY requirement of that particular gear type for the remainder of your hike.