Well I went ahead and did it heh. Took a few hours to get a lvl 10 character into the Dark Forest and ready to go, but that's what I did. At lvl 10, the beetles (lvl 35) are worth around 14,000 xp. Took about five beetles and two toads to go from lvl 10 to 11 heh. I'll have to see where it takes me. Things may not turn out so well once I run into some lizard men.