5 Guide Stories You’re Likely to Hear with Ocoee Zipz

What is it that takes a zipline tour from good to great? We would argue that it’s the guides! It’s not really a secret that ziplining is going to be pretty similar wherever you go in the world. Of course, some lines will be longer, some will be higher, some will zip through rainforest canopies, but they really are similar in a lot of ways wherever you go in the world. Given that, we truly believe that the guides are the ones who make the experience what it is, and we truly believe we have the best Tennessee zipline guides at Ocoee Zipz. Don’t believe us? Check out Ocoee Zipz TripAdvisor reviews right here, and you’ll notice just how many of our reviews contain some mention of our guides!

 

We sat down with 5 of our guides recently to give you a little inside look into who you might get set up with for your tour, what their hobbies are, what their experience levels are, and what stories you’re likely to hear from them!

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Just hanging out at Ocoee Zipz.

Ty West

Ocoee Zipz (OZ): How long have you been ziplining? How long have you been guiding for Ocoee Zipz?

Ty West (TW): 4 years

OZ: What do you like to do when you’re not guiding?

TW: Lay in the pool. After a day of guiding in the Tennessee heat, it’s pretty tough to beat an afternoon of just lounging around the pool with some of the other guides.

OZ: What is your favorite story to tell while guiding?

TW: How we lose hats and glasses and never find them. Because no one usually believes me. Use this as a gentle reminder to pick up some straps (like croakies) for your sunglasses before you join us for your tour!

OZ: Is it always well received?

TW: Usually.

 

Marshall Dukes

Ocoee Zipz (OZ): How long have you been ziplining? How long have you been guiding for Ocoee Zipz?

Marshall Dukes (MD): 8 years, guiding for 1 year

OZ: What do you like to do when you’re not guiding?

MD: Sports. It’s honestly a great way to unwind after guiding, stretch out some new muscles, and just have a great time with my friends!

OZ: What is your favorite story to tell while guiding?

MD:  I got a nickname of Tinkerbell from a customer because I look like I am flying. You’ll understand this one if you come out with Ocoee Zipz and get me as your guide!

OZ: Is it always well received?

MD: With lots of laughs.

 

Zack Newman

Ocoee Zipz (OZ): How long have you been ziplining? How long have you been guiding for Ocoee Zipz?

Zack Newman (ZN): Guiding for 1 year

OZ: What do you like to do when you’re not guiding?

ZN: Build things.

OZ: What is your favorite story to tell while guiding?

ZN: When Colby fell in the mud and “dad jokes”. Be sure to ask me about when Colby fell in the mud!

OZ: Is it always well received?

ZN: Duh.

 

Jackson Williams

Ocoee Zipz (OZ): How long have you been ziplining? How long have you been guiding for Ocoee Zipz?

Jackson Williams (JW): guiding for 1 year

OZ: What do you like to do when you’re not guiding?

JW: Trade stocks.

OZ: What is your favorite story to tell while guiding?

JW: Bigfoot sighting.

OZ: Is it always well received?

JW: Once we see him it’s pretty well received.

 

Colby Frerichs

Ocoee Zipz (OZ): How long have you been ziplining? How long have you been guiding for Ocoee Zipz?

Colby Frerichs (CF): 

OZ: What do you like to do when you’re not guiding?

CF: Fish, camp, shoot, and follow politics.

OZ: What is your favorite story to tell while guiding?

CF: When I cut my finger on the zipline because it was exciting in addition to being a good message to convey to anyone coming ziplining with us!

OZ: Is it always well received?

CF: Always.

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Ocoee Zipz is fun for all ages!

You’ll notice that the stories are short and to the point… if you want the embellished versions, well, you’ll just have to come here them for yourself!! Next time you’re in the Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, or Huntsville areas, swing over to Ocoee and check out Tennesse’s best ziplining! If you get one of the guides we interviewed above, be sure to get the unabridged version of their favorite stores, and their hobbies and we are pretty positive that you’ll leave knowing that the guide truly is a huge part of what makes ziplining so great.

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