WE ATTEMPTED THE DEADLY SWIM (Alcatraz to San Francisco)

WE ATTEMPTED THE DEADLY SWIM (Alcatraz to San Francisco)

We swam from Alcatraz to the San Francisco shore! Do you think you could do it?! 🦈 Get Surfshark VPN at https://surfshark.deals/karaandnate – Enter promo code KARAANDNATE for 83% off and 3 extra months for FREE! 

Thank you Pacific Open Water Swim Co. for keeping us safe!: https://www.pacificswim.co/
Jeff Cooperman: in-water GoPro footage
Christopher Kam: excellent footage of San Francisco and our entire swim 🙂
Ben Possehl: zoom footage from shore

Episode 825 | San Francisco, CA | Filmed May 2022

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Who are Kara and Nate?!
Watch our documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuFv4iF8wgg&t=1s

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, we got married 2013 and were super “normal.” I was a teacher and Nate started a small printing business from the spare bedroom of our apartment. We discovered the world of “travel hacking” & became obsessed. So after 2 years of obsessively saving $35k and over 2 million miles and points, we sold our cars and apartment and left home January 10, 2016 for a “one year” trip around the world. Our goal was to see as many places as possible before we ran out of money and went home to “normal life.” We started this travel vlog to share our experiences with friends and family, but quickly fell in love with this lifestyle and did everything we could to keep going. 4 years later, we achieved our new goal of visiting 100 countries and all 7 continents. We had no plans to slow down, until 2020 forced us to 😉 Which is when we bought a converted van to start exploring our own country for the first time. Van life was a major adjustment and so different than flying every week like we were used to, but we are incredibly thankful to be able to continue doing something we love every day. 😊🎥🌎

#travel #travelvlog #alcatraz

0:00 Our biggest fear
0:50 Why are we doing this?!
3:41 Seeing Alcatraz for the first time
4:19 INSIDE Alcatraz (prison tour)
5:50 What we are wearing to swim
12:42 JUMPING IN the San Francisco Bay
19:19 Our final thoughts on the swim

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23 Responses

  1. Zak Morton says:

    As a Bay Area native it’s hard to express how insane this is. The SF Bay is such a beast! Amazing job you two. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    • Hòmè Ďeçoŕè says:

      *Use SoundProof Curtains to Stop Outside Noise by 80% (25db)* with
      The Legend of *EcoCurtains.Online*

      snowquen’s is my idol.

      Hes the person i aspire to be, hes my light of day.

    • Jack Bauer says:

      It’s actually fairly tame depending on when they did so. Plus angle of flow rate from tides are easily worked against. You could argue the sharks involved but likely they wouldn’t take interest as tests have proven

    • Joe says:

      I don’t even like putting my feet in the water because it’s too cold. I’d rather be on the boat sipping a Mai Tai

    • Alex Mikhael says:

      @Julie Vander Leest Cali don’t have SEASONS 🙂 well we do have a couple weeks of rainy season, then THE NICE SEASON then THE FIRE SEASON….. (tho FIRE SEASON is also |~|E!! according to some) , but… ummm like winter, fall, summer, IT IS ALWAYS SUMMER LOL but ummmm yea up that far north the WATER don’t get a chance to warm up much…. BUT THAT ALSO KEEPS HURRYCAINS AWAY SOOO do WE REALLY WANT HOT WATER TO SWIM IN UP NORTH??? 🙂 hahahaah


  2. Sailing La Vagabonde says:

    Been waiting for this one. Murky water, claustrophobic wetsuits, hypothermia!
    (in French accent) Incredable’

  3. Journie Pope says:

    Everytime you guys push yourselves to the limit I always think there’s no farther that you can go – and you always prove me wrong. You two are incredible, not only doing these challenges but also filming them at the same time and we’re all very thankful for the hard work you put into every single video!

  4. Colby says:

    Having been to Alcatraz, this swim seems crazy hard. Especially with the temperature of the water and all the waves hitting you in the face. You guys did an amazing job! I have not clicked on one of your video’s faster then this one because it was somewhere i have actually been. Love you guys.

  5. AstroBastro says:

    As a competitive swimmer, when Nate asked if the ears went in or out of the swim cap, I am severely happy that Kara corrected him.

  6. Karen Griswold says:

    Just when I was thinking, ” Oh, these two are just plain nuts!”, you do it again. So enamored by your zest for adventure and love of life. I pray that you will always be safe. Lots of hugs and luv ya big, big bunches! <3

  7. English Rose says:

    I love that Kara made it to the beach first. And how sweet of local fans to show up on the landing to cheer you on. That made me teary. You all are alone so much of your travels.

  8. Alyssa Clark says:

    I love how every time y’all do a physical challenge you’re always so nervous and not prepared like, at all, lol but you always finish strong and never quit! And you’re always so proud and glad you did it. So fun to watch AND inspiring!

  9. Rotten Robbie says:

    Let’s take a moment to appreciate Kara & Nate and their hard work, especially during times like these. Bravo! 👍👍👍

  10. Rachel Whitehead says:

    Awe I teared up hearing the group cheering and seeing yall finish!!! 😊💞 so proud of you guys for conquering fears!!! 👍🏼👏🏼💪🏼

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