I just returned from a brief trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where I was an instructor in the Mechanisms and Interactions of Climate Change in Mountain Regions Summer School, based at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (KIT/IMK-IFU) . This summer’s topic was “Examining Mountain Ecosystems in Regional to Global Environments of Carbon-cycling and Climate (EMERGE-CC)”. My colleague Ankur Desai at the University of Wisconsin and a visiting scientist at KIT/IMK-IFU during his sabbatical was an excellent organizer and host. Thanks to the students and KIT/IMK-IFU for a fun and productive visit. What a beautiful place (see the view from my hotel below)!