Yea, I end up switching in and out a lot. One case is 5:1 and the other is the 2.28. 5:1 is where I am in the rocks but sometimes like the lower double. Then like you say, gotta get higher to go from thing to thing on the trails.
I haven't had it out too many times yet so I am still getting used to it and figuring out what gear works for what.