I'm hoping to write regular updates during the next month of fieldwork, but in the meantime, this is the rough plan: (1) fly to San Francisco, (2) find a mountain, (3) climb the mountain, (4) catch beetles, (5) repeat steps 2 - 4 until mid-July. Now, when I first signed up to this project, I was thinking how nice it would be to skip the Melbourne winter. Then I checked the weather at Mt Rainier, one of our primary study sites, and it's forecast to be -10C. And for that reason, I now own a lovely warm sleeping bag. While a year ago I was packing my shorts and t-shirts for tropical Bali, now I'm gathering all my winter clothing together in preparation for some very cold nights! Some things haven't changed at all though - I'm still glued to the weather forecasts, waiting for that first snowfall in the Australian mountains!