There's a steep hill by my house that I haven't climbed since September of last year.
I think I climbed it 3 times last summer, and my best time was 20 minutes to the top. The peak is 1.5 miles from my house. The hill averages 9.5% grade, but much of it is actually 12-16%.
I rode it today, and shaved a full 4 minutes off the climb, and didn't even have to drop down to my small chain ring (triple), though I was tempted a couple times.
Maybe it's time to put the compact double back on the bike?