Six days ago I was at a real low point. Even by my standards this was as black as it could get. I was consumed by envy and extreme jealousy at seeing all the stories of summit success emerging from Everest. I needed to distance myself from this so I made a snap decision to come away from social media; at least until the summit season had ended. For the past week that is exactly what I have done. I will return though. After all social media is ultimately a great thing. It has made the world an open tool for communication, removing traditional barriers of contact across the entire planet. It helped get me to the mountain twice. I would be crazy to shun it completely. Some time away though is not a bad thing, as I have just discovered.