Any particular reason for the counter CW direction? Is it easier to go up or down the hard side of a pass?
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I prefer to go up the hard side of most passes. Granted, this is more work, but I am much more stable going up than down, and tend to fall less. The exception is scree that is not too steep. In this case, I prefer going down. On snow, particularly, I really prefer going up. When I traverse a steep snow slope I will naturally go upward - it just works better and I feel much more stable.
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