In our party's first session last night, I wrote an exploration-based adventure where the party must climb down into a crevasse on Christophsis to find an ancient temple.
I tried to adapt the mountainclimbing from the "Conical Six" modular adventure in "Suns of Fortune".
I wrote the "climbing down the cliff face" section with the idea that there would be several levels, and it would take a successful Athletics check to move between the levels, and the PCs would do so at the risk of attracting flying ice bats (mynocks) in the area.
It didn't go as smoothly as I would've liked.
I originally set the difficulty at Hard Athletics checks, and this proved tough for any of our beginner characters to pass, so I changed them to Average on the way down.
I wasn't sure how best to run this encounter, so it just felt clumsy overall.
Just wondering if anyone has run a sequence like this?
Our party is exploration-based so I foresee more of this type of adventure, trekking through jungles, climbing up or down mountains, etc. Any advice?