He says that at that time he tried to breathe without additional oxygen at the summit. He lasted 10 minutes. "That was funny. It's like someone taking off your jacket," he explains his feeling.
The crucial difference between Andy Holzer and other mountaineers is obvious: Holzer is dependent on his companions. When walking, he hears the crampons in front of him and thus follows the steps of the people in front of him. He must not be more than five metres away from them. Otherwise the acoustics will be distorted. Especially on extreme mountain tours, it is of enormous importance that he and his companions walk at the same pace, have the same rhythm. In addition, the hikers must constantly maintain a brisk pace without overexerting themselves. Holzer explains: "You have to walk quickly so that you don't freeze to death. But not too fast either, or you'll get knocked out."
Holzer lives a distinct pragmatism. What he wants to say, he says directly, without beating about the bush. With this rational way of thinking he also makes personal decisions. In 2009, he faced a turning point in his life: "What other professions can I pursue without seeing, I asked myself. Telephone operator, brush maker, basket weaver, these are the typical professions for blind people. Although many people at that time thought he was crazy, he quit his job as a curative masseur after 26 years and started giving lectures: "Open the eyes of the sighted". That's his credo.
For some it may sound ironic, even macabre or arrogant, for others it may sound perfectly logical. Blind people often compensate for their lack of sight with a pronounced sense of hearing. Of course they "see" things completely differently, have a different feeling for certain situations. Andy Holzer felt that there must be more to his life, that he can do more with his time and that a unique potential lies dormant in him.