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with a loaded bike, 8% is about the steepest I will try to ride. Any steeper than that, even if you're geared to go slower, you'll have trouble balancing the bike. YMMV, riders and bikes vary in low speed abilities.
I have a Surly Disk Trucker with 48-36-26 chainring and 11-36 cassette.
The only difference being in shape makes is how long it takes you.
I'm not sure how RussSeaton defines "real mountains,"
I might be able to tell you if you can swap out your 11-32 with a 11-34 or 11-36 (or 12-34 or 12-36 depending on your groupset).
What,s the reason for using a 11-36 vs 12-36? Both are available.