At ZipNTime we offer more than just an outdoor adventure - we also incorporate the history of North Georgia, both in general and specifically related to the Nacoochee Valley. From the Native American inhabitants, to the gold rush, to the moonshine makers - this region is home to a rich and varied history. Get to know our guides and let them take you on a trip through time as we visit each of these periods of history.
All of our guides have been trained by professional trainers to meet ACCT standards.
Our Experienced Team:
Danny Otter, General Manager, graduated from Lumpkin County High School and then attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta on academic scholarship until family circumstances required him to return home. He started a masonry contracting company while still in high school and, subsequently moved to Texas until he returned home following a motorcycle accident. After receiving his real estate license, Danny started Otter Construction. He went on to become a licensed general contractor and has developed numerous residential and commercial properties, including The Old Clarkesville Mill. When he is not managing ZipnTime, Danny can be found hosting a morning talk radio show on WCHM in Clarkesville. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Dr. Jan Otter, and they have one daughter, Meg Otter Luke and a son-in-law, Josh Luke. Danny’s priority in life is to be where God wants him to be and do what He wants him to do.
Josh Luke, Course Manager, is a Habersham native. He is recently married and loving it. Josh’s favorite things in life are his wife, Meg, America, the Atlanta Braves, and his dogs, Bernie, Wilma, and Dolly. He has spent over a month on theAppalachian Trail and continues to find ways to enjoy the outdoor world. In his spare time, Josh likes listening to the Otter and Trish morning show, canoeing, fishing, searching for Sasquatch, and discussing the secrets of the universe with his father-in-law.
Charles Head is a native of White County, Georgia. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he taught school in Northwest Alaska until retirement. During this time, Charles climbed Mt.McKinley twice with other noteworthy accents in the Alaska Range. He is a licensed residential building contractor. Charles’ interests include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.
Chris Johnson was born and raised in the South. After high school, he traveled a bit before getting into the masonry business. After eleven years in that business, Chris was ready for a change, which led him to ZipNTime. Chris loves the outdoors, hard work and a challenge. He enjoys camping, hiking, fishing and anything that has to do with the outdoors.
Levi “Dane” Potter was born and raised in Cleveland, Georgia. After high school, he worked for Verizon Wireless and traveled the country climbing cell phone towers. Before working as a certified guide for ZipNTime, Dane worked two years for a Christian camp where he had the opportunity to build and work on zip lines. He enjoys playing drums, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor adventures.
Heather Griffies is a lifelong resident of Georgia, and resides in Cornelia with her little girl. She has always loved high adventure activities, with zip lines being her favorite and sky diving taking a close second. Heather is currently attending Piedmont College just to “learn all she can.” Although her taste for adventure is daring, she spends most of her spare time reading.
Marci Kaltenbach is a lifelong resident of White County and lives in Sautee-Nacoochee. Beginning with zip lines and high elements courses as a kid, she moved to gorge diving and sky diving as an adult. After spending a few years working in patient care, Marci returned to school and is currently earning a degree in Education from Piedmont College, with concentrations in Math and History. She has always loved challenging adventures and is thrilled to work at ZipNTime. Outside of getting to zip line for her work, Marci likes to spend her free time whitewater canoeing.
Matt Kirbow was born and raised in North Atlanta. Before coming to ZipNTime, he worked as a zip line guide at another establishment. Matt, as well as all of our guides, went through a 40-hour certification program to be eligible for hiring by ZipNTime. He enjoys movies, hiking, working out, and kickboxing. Matt has plans to join the military and return to school someday to obtain a degree in architecture.
Will Mixon was born in Savannah, GA. He recently moved to the Sautee area and joined the ZipNTime team. For the past six years, Will has worked as guide on the Ocoee, Chattooga, and Cheoah rivers, just to name a few. Will currently attends North Georgia College where he is working towards earning his bachelor's degree.
Troop Transport Drivers
Richard Hammond was born and raised in Avoca, New York, where he attended Corning Community College. After graduating with a major in Business Administration, he worked as a construction superintendent for a major highway bridge construction firm. After that Richard was operations manager for an HVAC company, and supervisor for a large recreational complex for the City of Horseheads, New York, before retiring and moving to Cleveland, Georgia in 2007. He and his wife Carlene have two children, Chad and Cynthia, and two grandchildren, Diego and Alithea. Richard enjoys camping, riding his Harley, and is an avid big game hunter spending many hours in the wilderness.
Bob Thomason is a native of South Carolina. After graduating from Clemson he taught school until relocating to Helen. When he is not here at ZipNTime, Bob makes dulcimers and is also a talented musician. If you take a stroll around Helen you just may hear Bob playing.