I have always loved the desert.
My very first desert peak was Tin Mountain in June 1985 with Maris Valkass and Ron Jones. Those were the days! We camped at the racetrack and made a huge bonfire in the dead of summer. Of course everybody had to sit 20-feet back, the heat was so intense on that 100 degree evening.
My closest experience to the sound of war was getting bombed off the summit of Argus.