Adventure Bike (Hills) 25:00 
After months of research, I had True North Cycles (near Fergus, ON) build a bike for me. Gravel/touring/bike packing is the intent of the design. Paul and I enjoy doing these activities together, and the YouTube videos of bike packing in Scotland are addictive. I coughed up the big bucks for a Rohloff hub.
There are some steep hills in Fergus so of course I had to test it out. Yup, it climbs hills. We went for a bar end placement for the Rohloff shifter as I am accustomed to that placement from my Trek touring bike. It can be modified to be placed in at least three different spots on the bar, but I will give this a go to start.
I was very close to ordering one from Carver bikes in Maine, when I stumbled on True North. Ironically, when I was enjoying my gravel travels in late July in the Rockwood/Fergus area, I had ridden within a kilometre of Hugh's shop (but had no idea it existed).
So if you know anyone in the 5' - 5'5" range looking for a Trek 920 Disc for gravel riding or touring, let me know.