It actually climbs reasonably well. You do have to be a bit careful with body positioning as the cockpit is very upright, but it has amazing traction and is light 'enough' for sedately ascending, leaving enough energy to shred the descent. It is a bear on the road though.
A typical ride for me is something like say 20 minutes or so of singletrack traverse and ascent, stop for a drink then 30 minutes and about 550m of mixed fireroad and gnar singletrack descent
Or spending a couple of hours exploring trails from the car. Its perfect for that. I guess we're lucky having a 1270m high mountain 10km from the CBD.
Pitchs are a great fun bike, although I think they need a better rear shock and a 150-160mm fork like a 36 or Lyrik to get the best out of them.