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WE ATTEMPTED THE DEADLY SWIM (Alcatraz to San Francisco)

  • Опубліковано 6 чер 2023
  • We swam from Alcatraz to the San Francisco shore! Do you think you could do it?! 🦈 Get Surfshark VPN at 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!: 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: • 100th COUNTRY DOC...
    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
    7:29 BEST VPN
    12:42 JUMPING IN the San Francisco Bay
    19:19 Our final thoughts on the swim


  • ninaradio
    ninaradio Рік тому +5428

    As an open water swimmer, I feel like it’s really important for everyone to realize that Kara and Nate were able to do that without swim training because (a) they are super fit and experienced with facing intense physical and endurance challenges and (b) they had a safety team entirely focused on them who continually coached them all the way to the beach. I say this because every year there are an awful lot of underprepared swimmers who attempt the Alcatraz swim in big races or group swims who need rescuing. If you cannot go into this in the same conditions as you just saw in this video, don’t give up on ever doing the swim but definitely postpone and TRAIN first.

    • will heath
      will heath Рік тому +254

      Now imagine how the men from the prison did this and how desperate they must’ve been to escape. No training, no wetsuits and probably poor nutritional diet for the duration of their stay in the prison.

    • katharine shields
      katharine shields Рік тому +45

      This should be the top comment

    • BIG CITY
      BIG CITY Рік тому +15

      Why not try it with flippers first ? But...awesome episode. Plus,I'd backstroke/float to catch my breath...that's how I passed my scuba test(long time ago).

    • Martha White
      Martha White Рік тому +29

      Ditto this. Also not shown: when you swim in a large event, there is the additional chaos of hundreds of other bodies churning up the water around you or even swimming over you. One year, we swam through a school of jellyfish and a few people around me got stung and panicked. Thank goodness for the kayakers. Nothing beats that moment of calm before the start though when you're bobbing up and down off Alcatraz with the GG Bridge in the distance. What a feeling. :)

    • Pacific Open Water Swim Co.
      Pacific Open Water Swim Co. Рік тому +174

      Kudos! :) Thanks for noticing and commenting about this. We were the pilots and escorts for Kara and Nate's swim. I should point out that earlier this year we put together a prep plan for Kara and Nate, which included a practice swim, etc. Due to their schedule, it did not work as planned, but since we had angel swimmers and we shifted the date to a day when the ebb (current) was lighter, conditions were such that we felt we had a good chance for their attempt to be a success. The safety of swimmers is absolutely paramount to us, and with 18+ years of San Francisco open water experience, we managed things pretty tightly. Our large group swims here definitely have much to be desired, which is why we only offer small groups/solo swims and vet all of our swimmers before taking them out. Training and preparation are also very important, as you point out. Our thanks go out to Nate and Kara for listening to our request that safety be a priority in this video. We all have a responsibility to keep open water swimming safe and enjoyable. Thanks again! Enjoy!

  • Vagabond Turtle
    Vagabond Turtle 10 місяців тому +276

    Can we just realize that two persons are in there without the swimsuit, already smiling and filming while they are swimming and they keep doing that the whole time. I mean... the real heroes :)

    • Joshua Peller
      Joshua Peller 23 дні тому

      The water is so cold I just don’t understand

    • Joshua Peller
      Joshua Peller 23 дні тому

      Most people would not make it

    • Mr. Wilson
      Mr. Wilson 20 днів тому +1

      This is the comment I was in search of

  • Wil Dasovich
    Wil Dasovich 6 місяців тому +32

    Man this was cool! Bucket list

    • Jjjyli
      Jjjyli 29 днів тому

      Definitely not. Sharks out there make it not so fun idea. Even that the chances of getting bit are low. They still higher than staying tf outta there

  • Edward Hanks
    Edward Hanks 3 місяці тому +23

    Those guys who escaped definitely made it on adrenaline. It looked far easier than I had previously thought.

    • IPeekabooI
      IPeekabooI 29 днів тому +3

      Yea also there's no way they got all that way past all those hurdles to just dies there. They knew what they was facing and was prepared, they weren't idiots

    • Alejandro Blanco
      Alejandro Blanco 14 днів тому

      Good assertion . Also I'm assuming they escaped & swam obviously in the nighttime...

  • Leah Grace
    Leah Grace Рік тому +436

    As soon as everyone started to cheer you on I started crying. I literally cried. You guys have build such an amazing support system around you ! You’re both are truly amazing and I can never explain how much I look up to you both.💗 Thank you for sharing both your ups and downs, you make me want to persevere hard and love harder!

  • Laady Bee
    Laady Bee 10 місяців тому +33

    The memories of this life you guys are creating is just incredible. I love everything you guys are doing and its truly inspiring. Running my first NYC marathon in 2023 because of Nate! I am just so happy to know you both, even if its from the screen.

  • Zak Morton
    Zak Morton Рік тому +1943

    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. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    • CALI ALI
      CALI ALI Рік тому +11

      I am too and could never do this swim!

    • Billy Ray Valentine
      Billy Ray Valentine Рік тому +10

      Amen Zak. The current and choppy waves around the island get crazy at times.

    • Jason Christofilos
      Jason Christofilos Рік тому +18

      I couldn’t agree more. I have lived in the SF Bay Area my entire life. I am aware of the swim club but have not once wanted to swim in the SF Bay. I would rather motor or sail in the SF Bay . You amazingly well!

    • Julie Vander Leest🩷
      Julie Vander Leest🩷 Рік тому +13

      Seriously. I put my feet in the water and felt like dying. Can’t imagine swimming in it. Grant it, it was February but seasons don’t seem to matter there.

    • F
      F Рік тому +5

      OMG! Yes, I can't believe it. That bay is no joke.

  • Jonas Kusche
    Jonas Kusche Рік тому +103

    As an professional open water swimmer, i gotta say they did amazing! Doing this distance in that time is mind blowing for me if you dont train for it. Moreover i feel like a lot of people who are doing that are underestimating the salty water and the temperature, because even if you are moving your hands will go numb after some time and if you panic in that stage during the swim you will be in mortal danger.

    • Gus
      Gus Місяць тому +7

      Lets be honest, we never really saw them doing the whole swim. It was edited into a 6 minute clip. Did they really do it without hopping onto the boat for a breather & warm-up?

    • Luna Violetta
      Luna Violetta 24 дні тому

      @Gus seriously? Why assume the worst with no shred of evidence, when they’ve proven themselves in physical challenges time and time again? And you can clearly see the gradual procession towards shore in all the clips.

    • Gus
      Gus 23 дні тому

      @Luna Violetta Seriously? Why assume they have done it without a single shed of evidence? All i see is a 6 minute edited clip.

    • Luna Violetta
      Luna Violetta 23 дні тому

      @Gus lol I see you lack common sense 😂 you can see them gradually approaching shore in all of the clips. Are you insinuating they got back on the boat for like 10 seconds between each of those shots and jumped back in? Lmao that would be much harder to get back in the water every time. Kara even said she won’t get back in the water if she’s getting on the boat. Also, this company specifically specializes in helping people swim from Alcatraz to SF. I doubt they’d have them keep getting on off on off their boat.

    • Gus
      Gus 23 дні тому

      @Luna Violetta
      I may lack common sense, but at least my grammar is readable.
      It is not easy trying to decipher what you type, but I will give it a shot.
      My understanding is, you have no idea how editing works on a video?
      My understanding is, you believe everything you see and hear. Without question.
      My understanding is, you cannot swim.
      My understanding is, you are what i call a mark.
      Happy to help.

  • G.M.L.
    G.M.L. 6 місяців тому +53

    some of the nicest; genuine and most humble people ive ever seen; proud of yall for accomplishing the swim; well deserved. their reaction to the swim afterwards was legendary haha.

  • Troy Moats
    Troy Moats 6 місяців тому +44

    While visiting Alcatraz we watched a Great White Shark consume a California Sea Lion less than 10 yards from the shore line of the island. My fear would not be the cold water, wind, or even the current. Im glad the swimmers made it safely!

    • Sassy Frass
      Sassy Frass 18 днів тому +3

      yep, a total no go swim zone - more than a yikes! hopefully, the guy in the boat had some type of sonar monitoring for large moving objects in the water? grew up on the west coast and have seen more sharks off the coast while sailing than I can count. Love Kara and Nate; so glad they made it safely to shore in very cold dark pacific waters.

  • Jacob Mayer
    Jacob Mayer Рік тому +5

    As someone who swims in the san fransisco bay around 20-30 times a year, towards September when the water is warm and if you hit a nice day where the water is still it's such an amazing experience. Being able to take off your goggles and look around and the view while treading out in the middle of a vast bay is so incredible.

    • sirus312
      sirus312 Місяць тому +2


  • Tracy Okuno
    Tracy Okuno 2 дні тому

    When I workout @the gym, I always think about how you both have such drive & determination and that helps me finish no matter how tired I am. Thank you both for that. ❤

  • Sailing La Vagabonde
    Sailing La Vagabonde Рік тому +559

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

    • 1972CB350
      1972CB350 Рік тому +2

      Cheers to La Vagabonde! Oui Oui!

    • Marieke D
      Marieke D Рік тому +6


  • Julie Casey
    Julie Casey 8 місяців тому +16

    why did this make me cry?? I'm so proud of you two! you're so inspiring!

    • lee lunk
      lee lunk Місяць тому +1


    • Jay ◟̽◞̽
      Jay ◟̽◞̽ 9 днів тому +1

      ⁠@lee lunkfor a lot of people, it is

  • C. Gordon Jones
    C. Gordon Jones 6 місяців тому +81

    As a 55th birthday challenge, I swam a mile and a half in open water in the Caribbean. The only difference was the water temperature was 76° Congrats guys.

    • Martin Berger
      Martin Berger Місяць тому +1

      Also, no white sharks in the caribbean

    • JB86
      JB86 29 днів тому +2

      @Martin Berger do they get tigers or na

  • Keri Markham
    Keri Markham 6 місяців тому +12

    That was so incredibly amazing to watch!!! So proud of your resilience and drive to keep going.

  • City View
    City View Рік тому

    You guys are amazing, don't you ever stop enjoying this process and the people you're bringing along. We're all rooting for you! ❤❤❤

  • Tay Sports
    Tay Sports 5 місяців тому +11

    You guys are beasts! As a former competitive swimmer, hats off to y’all

  • TJ
    TJ Рік тому +343

    As someone who has done an Ironman I can not explain to you guys how rough and difficult this is. So glad you guys had people with you I was terrified you were doing it alone. Always better to overcome your fears so love that you did this! Now that you did this Nate you have to do an ironman bro! Would love to train you free of charge just hit me up!

    • Angelica Gaite
      Angelica Gaite Рік тому +6

      👏🏽👏🏽 would love to see them do iron man!

    • Chris Alexander
      Chris Alexander 29 днів тому

      Train me free of charge please

  • Vince Leoni
    Vince Leoni Рік тому +4

    Bay Area native and I have swam since I was 5 years old. I know people who have done the Escape From Alcatraz swim, but the cold water / current scares the crap outta me. Even when I was in my best swimming shape, I had no desire to do that lol. Major kudos to you for facing your fears, making swimmers like me feel like a WIMP. So happy you got to visit our city... come back again and see the other great things this city has to offer!!

  • Susan George
    Susan George 11 місяців тому +8

    I just watched it today, and I found myself cheering them on. I also cried a bit as they got closer to the shore. Well done Kara and Nate, I am so proud of you.

    • David Ortega
      David Ortega 6 місяців тому

      I swam at santa Cruz Boardwalk beach that ocean 🌊 water was cold..I didn't wear a wet suit i got out in about 10 minute anymore I get hypothermia

  • Julie Carnevali
    Julie Carnevali 9 місяців тому +3

    I cried when Kara hit the beach and honestly I think these are my favorite videos of theirs. When they are faced with a big challenge, and they overcome it every time. The world needs this right now. Thank y’all💗

  • Van Poll
    Van Poll 9 місяців тому +2

    I live in the bavarian countryside. We have no large bodies of water around, especially no salt water. Only small, freshwater lakes where you can always clearly see the other side. This swim activates all my warning instincts about water and raises the hair on my neck.
    Just imagine the pressure, if you had to do this swim without a swimsuit, in the middle of the night and with the law after you. What a nightmare.

  • Laura Thompson
    Laura Thompson 6 місяців тому

    What a special experience! I am so proud of you both. I wish I could’ve been there to cheer you on! What an awesome way to finish your swim! I love you both! Thank you for sharing this awesome experience with us ❤️

  • AstroBastro
    AstroBastro Рік тому +124

    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.

    • Lise Oppenheimer
      Lise Oppenheimer Рік тому

      I know right? So funny.. wouldn’t a dry suit have been better?

    • Pacific Open Water Swim Co.
      Pacific Open Water Swim Co. Рік тому +5

      One he got on the boat, we straightened out all of those questions! Lol.

  • jas
    jas Рік тому +24

    Just found this channel yesterday & I’ve been glued to you guys videos since. I feel like I’m watching a more personal travel channel show. Amazing work on the challenges you guys do. You guys are crazy strong and fit and I’m astonished at how you guys do these challenges even as first timers! Love love love the editing on these videos as well. Sending so much love! Keep it up!

  • John Mccairns
    John Mccairns 6 місяців тому

    What an unbelievable achievement guys. Outstanding work!! Looks so hard! Hat off to you both 🙌🏼💪🏽

  • Captain Andrew on NT
    Captain Andrew on NT Рік тому +1

    I love your videos! Congrats Kara and Nate on swimming this very difficult journey!

  • mcjaw2013!
    mcjaw2013! Рік тому +1

    This is seems to be a wild experience. Congrats to both of you! 🍾🎉

  • Tiffiny Harrington
    Tiffiny Harrington 4 місяці тому +13

    I’m not sure it’s an “irrational” fear - swimming in deep, dark, murky waters with strong currents and sharks. Seems rather reasonable to have concerns. Also important to be fit and have support as others have commented. But good on you both for doing something so challenging! But maybe don’t do it again says the mom in me;)

    MOODY Рік тому +419

    I consider myself a pretty great swimmer, the fact that these two did this challenge with very minimal preparation/training is very impressive to me.
    The waves pulling you back, the cold water, exhaustion, the adrenaline etc. Respect Kara and Nate and congratulations on this achievement!

    • Maria & Olivia
      Maria & Olivia Рік тому +3

      Seriously! and the pacific ocean is no joke, I've gotten pulled by those currents and it's terrifying. What they just did is super impressive.

    • Lost Among Locals
      Lost Among Locals Рік тому

      yes, very impressive

    • Biscuits
      Biscuits 26 днів тому

      Just because they did it don’t mean you can 😃

  • J. Wilkerson
    J. Wilkerson Рік тому +1

    As a triathlete (*IM) I'm not sure I'd even swim that swim. For 2 two person's with very little swim training, this is a truly amazing feat. One to be so so proud of. It's inspiring for sure.

    • wd
      wd 29 днів тому

      staged edited

  • Jason Tieu
    Jason Tieu 26 днів тому +1

    As an experienced triathlete, this is not an easy task. It's more than just the physical training, it's also being mentally prepared and ready for this type of challenge. In the past, I've completed multiple triathlons, including a triathlon in the San Francisco bay (open water) but have always been hesitant to do the Alcatraz swim. Kudos to you guys

  • Sm0kei
    Sm0kei 8 місяців тому +2

    This must have been very exhausting and challenging!! Im so proud of you guys.

  • penelope H
    penelope H Рік тому +1

    I thought after your stint on the island, this would be a piece of cake! I kept wrapping my blankie tighter around me coz I was freezing just watching you!! Good job, crazy people!

  • Jay ◟̽◞̽
    Jay ◟̽◞̽ 9 днів тому

    Seeing you get to shore made me tear up. What an accomplishment! I personally could never do that

  • English Rose
    English Rose Рік тому +145

    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.

  • Sushiplays
    Sushiplays Місяць тому +1

    Coming from a swimmer: Nate & Kara did amazing! When your swimming, your alone with just you, and your thoughts. Which might not be a good thing in some cases. Overcoming their fears and negativity was a great accomplishment in this case, Great job Nate and Kara! P.s. I do not recommend anyone just going and trying this unless you are VERY fit or trained in swimming long distances! 🎉

  • Audrey Fuqua
    Audrey Fuqua Рік тому

    You guys are incredible! Watching this makes me think about all of the amazing things my body is capable of and that challenging yourself is so important

  • Sue Hofkamp
    Sue Hofkamp 23 дні тому

    Congratulations Nate and Kara, you did it!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  •  Sugar And Spice
    Sugar And Spice 20 днів тому

    I was holding my breath when you werein the water. For me, the worst part is that I have that same fear of things that hide in depp, dark water. Just for that reason, I don't think I'd voluntarily try it. Well done, this was a great challenge. A shout out to the amazing support team beside you guys, they did a wonderful job of encouraging you and keeping you safe at all times.

  • Eliza Schmitt
    Eliza Schmitt 10 місяців тому +1

    honestly brought to tears by how incredible this video was. you guys are awesome!

  • ThisGuyKenny
    ThisGuyKenny Рік тому +243

    When Kara reach to the shore, I have to admit I have tears coming out my eyes. lol
    I know this is a very difficult challenge, but seeing the people there to support you all and you two finally make it to the shore, you did it!! Glad you guys didn’t die on us. lol

    • Beatrice Cruz
      Beatrice Cruz Рік тому +5

      I cried so hard when I heard the cheering! 😭

    • Abigail Palmer
      Abigail Palmer Рік тому +3

      i was crying too!

    • Oh Wee
      Oh Wee Рік тому +1

      oh no! i thought it's just me 😭

  • Pandra Bridges
    Pandra Bridges Рік тому +3

    You two are amazing! I was crying with Kara when I heard the cheers of the people on the beach! Keep thriving! Travel on! And May God continue to bless you both on all your adventures!

  • octopus
    octopus 11 місяців тому +3

    For me who often gets up at 4.30am to swim miles before school in cold,open water this looks easy but, for people who have very little open water experience this is a massive challenedge and they did really well to eachieve this! keap up the good work guys. ❤

    • ShE DeViL Makeup
      ShE DeViL Makeup 6 місяців тому

      I'm a long distance swimmer as well but I used to do it in lakes. I did however get advanced certification for SCUBA in the bay area water so I know how cold it is..

  • 3is_250fsport
    3is_250fsport 5 місяців тому +29

    idk why but this brought me to tears LOL having lived here for almost 30 years (born and raised), i've never set foot on alcatraz. great video guys, and congrats on the extraordinary feat!

  • Tim Summers
    Tim Summers 29 днів тому

    That's a life-changing accomplishment, one that I'd love to do! I went there in 2012 with my parents but never thought anyone with a boat could make that happen. The bay really didn't look that far from Alcatraz, it seemed doable but only those who've done it can tell what's like to attempt it. Good job.

  • Tracy Casteel
    Tracy Casteel Рік тому

    I love you guys. You are a wonderful team. Can't wait to see what comes next.

  • Rachel Whitehead
    Rachel Whitehead Рік тому +299

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

    • prince kely
      prince kely Рік тому

      I'd love to be Leanne.Host is my idol. Hes the person I aspire to be, hes my light of day

      XOKHLOESPALACEXO Рік тому +2

      Omg, me too 😂

    • Must We Really Do This
      Must We Really Do This Рік тому +1

      It's a tad unfortunate this is currently the top comment. Spoiler alert!
      Sweet comment though.

    • Angela
      Angela Рік тому +1

      Me too! 🥲 Well done, Kara and Nate! 🎉💥

    • Abbsy
      Abbsy Рік тому +1

      Me too!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Rory and Sage
    Rory and Sage Рік тому

    This couldn’t have been posted at a better time. We had our first swim team practice tonight and felt about the same way! Hahaha. Minus the extreme temperatures of course, but we had fun watching this vlog 😊😊😊😊

  • GoodVolks2Know
    GoodVolks2Know 6 місяців тому +1

    I was tearing up (with pride) for you two. You are so brave and adventuresome.

  • Runaway Road Dogs
    Runaway Road Dogs Рік тому

    This was EPIC! You guys inspire us to get out there and do something that scares us!! We just started full time van life and you guys were a huge inspo!!! ♥️

  • Indigo Samuel
    Indigo Samuel Рік тому

    I caught myself not breathing towards the half point anticipating your finish line. You guys are nuts but inspirational. Congrats that’s is a huge accomplishment.

  • N&J
    N&J 10 місяців тому

    Wow that debriefing in the hotel was awesome. I was crying when Kara said she couldn't feel her face from the cold and her face expression was priceless. Amazing swim, congratulations 🎊 👏

  • Melissa Singer
    Melissa Singer Рік тому +128

    Hi guys. I’ve watched you since 2016. I have to say I hear you in my head every day. I’m going through some pretty tough medicinal stuff right now and I keep hearing you both say “ You can do hard things”. It is your videos that are getting me through. Now I am picturing myself travelling the world for the first time after I am well and will have you both to thank for that. Sending all the love❤️❤️

    • prince kely
      prince kely Рік тому +1

      I'd love to be Leanne.Host is my idol. Hes the person I aspire to be, hes my light of day

    • Sweets Sweet
      Sweets Sweet Рік тому +5

      You're gonna do it, Melissa. I just subscribed to your channel so that I can see your travel videos once you are well.

    • Hakuna Matata
      Hakuna Matata Рік тому +3

      You can do it Melissa!!! I subscribed to your channel as well. Can not wait for you to travel the world, because you will!!!!

    • Beth B
      Beth B Рік тому +3

      Have you read Glennon Doyle's book, Untamed? That's where that saying comes from.

    • Ana
      Ana Рік тому +3

      Melissa, you've got this girl! You are strong and you can do everything you put your mind into. You'll get better and you'll enjoy the amazing things this world has to offer! We're with you

  • Meli Be Brave
    Meli Be Brave Рік тому +1

    WOW you guys are just EPIC. You make me want to go out there in the world and live life to the fullest. Thank you x

  • Breann McGee
    Breann McGee Рік тому +2

    Oh I’m sooooo sad! I have been watching you two almost every day for two years, and I have finally caught up with you! When travel was put on hold in 2020, my brother introduced me to this channel, and I fell in love!
    My husband and are N O V I C E travel bloggers, and the two of you remind me so much of us. You are so inspiring, and I often refer to you when telling stories like we are close friends 😅.
    I am sad I don’t get to binge y’all everyday, but I am glad I can watch IG stories without ruining what I am up to watch next 🤣.
    Thank you for taking a chance on yourselves all those years ago!!

  • Donna Julia
    Donna Julia Рік тому +1

    These are always so inspirational!! These videos make me want to go out and do my own (smaller scale) adventures! Now I just need to convince my partner to join me 😂

  • CforCat
    CforCat Рік тому

    Congratulations Kara and Nate! Y’all earned it!

  • Dennis McFadden
    Dennis McFadden 6 місяців тому +12

    What a fun video! Years ago I did the Alcatraz Triathlon and I can tell you; swimming with a bunch of motivated athletes makes the swim easier. At least it did for me.

  • Alyssa Clark
    Alyssa Clark Рік тому +68

    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!

  • Lisa Bouvier
    Lisa Bouvier 8 місяців тому +13

    I normally don’t cry in front of UAclips but you making it to that beach had me in tears 😭 What a beautiful moment! Well done to everyone involved!

  • J P
    J P Рік тому +1

    Well done Kara and Nate, I cant believe that your support swimmers did not have on a wet suit. Just watching you swim in those waves almost made me sea sick 🤕. So nice to have supporters cheer you on.

  • Mia OG
    Mia OG 8 місяців тому +1

    with out you guys I wouldn't be as grateful as I am right now ever since I started watching you guys each week or every 2 weeks you guys have helped me through everything when I grew up I want to be an Olympian skier

  • Chantye Buensalido
    Chantye Buensalido Рік тому

    Just want to say that guys did great. I’ve done that swim before and it’s not EASY. Congrats to you both.

  • Ronni
    Ronni 6 місяців тому +13

    Omg!!! what an adventure that is I am all teary I feel so PROUD of you Kara & Nate
    it looked really hard, scary and soo cold. But you guys did it!!! I loved watching this
    journey. You have another subscriber Love Australia xx

  • Colby Stafford
    Colby Stafford Рік тому +208

    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.

    • cupid ok
      cupid ok Рік тому

      I dont know how to swim. U think using floaties counts completing this challenge

    • Cheryl Palen
      Cheryl Palen Рік тому

      It's not that hard if you train for it. Thousands of people can't be wrong.

    • cupid ok
      cupid ok Рік тому +1

      @Cheryl Palen i hope dolphins will help me

    • Cheryl Palen
      Cheryl Palen Рік тому

      @cupid ok no dolphins sighted in the ten times I have crossed...seals though!

    • cupid ok
      cupid ok Рік тому

      @Cheryl Palen where there's seals there's shark... this is scary

  • Liz Stoutenour
    Liz Stoutenour Рік тому +1

    Soooo proud of you two!!! 👏 Congratulations and the wine in Napa is the best reward for your hard work! Cheers!🍷

  • Antoine de Griot
    Antoine de Griot Рік тому

    You are both warriors. That was amazing and I for one could tell from the ferry ride that I would've died in that water. Super impressive and you've got a new fan.

  • Sagar and Ami
    Sagar and Ami 11 місяців тому

    What an achievement you guys!! Loved every minute of it 😍🤩

  • Lost Among Locals
    Lost Among Locals Рік тому

    Abby started crying when the people started cheering y'all. Also super impressed by the challenges y'all do. great job!

  • Juliet L
    Juliet L Рік тому

    You two are amazing! Congrats on your accomplishments! As always I'm a big fan of your channel and enjoy watching your new videos when you post :)

  • M G.
    M G. Рік тому +877

    FUN FACT: I learnt this when visiting Alcatraz... prisoners got hot showers (it was one of the very few or even the only prison that did this) so the difference between the water temperature of the shower and the temperature of the bay would be greater. This made it even harder for them to make that deadly swim!

    • cnmmd qiuoo
      cnmmd qiuoo Рік тому +40

      It's so interesting how many of Nate's dreams/fears this couple fulfills. But like, just Nate's.

    • Mellissa
      Mellissa Рік тому +6

      @cnmmd qiuoo very strange indeed

    • urmom g
      urmom g Рік тому +8


    • dman
      dman Рік тому +1

      @urmom g really?

    • urmom g
      urmom g Рік тому +6

      @dman YEAH AND IM TERRIFYED im doing it with my friends my parents are like "dont you think your too young" and i was like "yeah"

  • Janice L. Green
    Janice L. Green 6 місяців тому

    Wow, that is an incredibly difficult place to swim (or paddle a kayak) Very impressive. And yes, there are plenty of sharks in the bay.

  • Tre Kuhl
    Tre Kuhl 6 місяців тому +1

    I have competed in 5 Ironman Triathlons and this race is on my bucket list. I'm certain the swim is as brutal as everyone says it is. An ocean swim is tough and I did so at Ironman Floriday and Ironman Cozumel.

  • Matthew Munoz
    Matthew Munoz 9 місяців тому

    Congratulations you too for doing that swim that was definitely one of the craziest things I've ever seen but you guys did it congratulations from me I know that was hard for you guys but you guys did it I'm so proud of you both this is something I'll definitely never forget you guys did an absolutely great job you did something not many people did and I am very impressed by it well done keep up the great work have a good day stay safe God bless and help you see you guys soon

  • Alysa Kenn
    Alysa Kenn Рік тому

    I broke both my ankles this week, and unfortunatley can't walk for 2 months. So have been filling my days with lots of UAclips. I just want to say that your videos make me so happy, and make me hopefull for future adventures! So thank you for your videos, they fill me with so much joy, you both seem like wonderful people!

  • My My Inspiration
    My My Inspiration 16 днів тому

    Wow. Incredible. Great job guys. What an experience. Y’all are insane though lol 😂

  • Liann
    Liann Рік тому +92

    My uncle does channel swimming. He swam from Southampton UK all the way to Calais in France. It took him 6 hours non stop. He does this every year and also did this once while fighting cancer.
    Most of all he did it for the Cancer trust UK.
    *Proud of you guys* xoxo

    • prince kely
      prince kely Рік тому +1

      I'd love to be Leanne.Host is my idol. Hes the person I aspire to be, hes my light of day

    • Nomad Mum
      Nomad Mum Рік тому +2

      What an amazing Uncle you have. You must be so proud x

    • Liann
      Liann Рік тому +1

      @Nomad Mum I am incredibly proud of him. He is free of cancer now & he's actually planning on doing another Channel swim again very soon 🙏

  • Lyndsay
    Lyndsay Рік тому +1

    I'm so amazed by you guys, I wish I could do half these things. Also, Kara is a beast!!

  • Yanille Castillo
    Yanille Castillo 4 місяці тому

    Wow so much courage I’ve taken a excursion there I don’t think I would be as brave to do what u guys did so proud of you guys . Love your relationship I feel it brings you guys closer . Great job and he faced his Goliath Congrats so happy for you God bless you thanks for sharing this moment with us

    • Yanille Castillo
      Yanille Castillo 4 місяці тому

      But sorry I have to ask I still wonder what happened to those prisoners who escaped every conspiracy I’ve watched guesses sharks but wonder if at least one got away 🤷‍♀️😅

  • learning2tri
    learning2tri Місяць тому +1

    Geat stuff, I love San Fran - I was lucky to do a Triathlon there called Escape From Alcatraz - was an amazing feeling swimming the same course you guys did. We swim all year around in Melbourne Australia in the bay. Temps go from 7-9c to 24c

  • zuzu petals
    zuzu petals 6 місяців тому

    That was Incredible, what stamina,drive,determination... Much Respect !!

  • Missy Marie
    Missy Marie 6 місяців тому +15

    My uncle told us that we could theoretically walk across a lake to another island which was about a quarter mile! We ended up swimming the whole thing and I did struggle even as an experienced swimmer so you all are great!

  • Shev and Dev
    Shev and Dev Рік тому +183

    We literally held our breath the entire time while watching this! You guys never cease to amaze us! Always leaping beyond your comfort zones and making the impossible look like so much fun!! Your energy is unmatched!!!❤

  • Vic Kaiser
    Vic Kaiser 8 місяців тому

    They always told me about that swim that you don't have to worry about sharks because the salinity of the water is such that they don't come to the surface. They all stay a lot deeper where you swim. Comforting!

  • Brando Commando
    Brando Commando 5 місяців тому +4

    So inspiring and the love from everyone and support is amazing!! Love you guys ❤️💪🏼

  • Dave
    Dave 6 місяців тому +15

    My wife has made this swim during the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon. She said, it was fun and wasn’t that bad. Check out the ice miler. Those people are crazy.

  • Pa Vue
    Pa Vue Рік тому

    That was awesome!!! Very very motivated couple!! Always down to take a challenge I love it!

  • Tammy_lynn
    Tammy_lynn 8 місяців тому +1

    This brought me way back to when I was a teenager (back in the 90’s before internet) and I wanted to be on the swim team so bad, but we couldn’t afford swim lessons. So I read the encyclopedia that explained and showed pictures of how to do the different strokes and I won first place on my first meet! Never underestimate the power of what we are capable of doing if we set our minds to it!

  • Dje Voo
    Dje Voo Рік тому +270

    This is amazing! I signed up for swim lessons since one of my goals for myself is to learn to swim (and I finally got over the embarrassment of learning to swim as an adult) and I’m kind of nervous, but if you guys can conquer swimming from ALCATRAZ I’m sure I can conquer the local pool 💪🏿 Love your videos! 💕

    • Pacific Open Water Swim Co.
      Pacific Open Water Swim Co. Рік тому +13

      Love to hear that you're getting into swimming... Kudos!! Once you gain some confidence, head out this way and let's get you swimming open water -- maybe even your own Alcatraz Escape!!

    • Flippington
      Flippington Рік тому +9

      It's never embarrassing to learn a skill that could easily save your life one day.

    • urlocalasian
      urlocalasian Рік тому +5

      I am 39 yet I don’t know how swim. I want to learn before I die:)

    • Dje Voo
      Dje Voo Рік тому +5

      @urlocalasian Never too late!

    • PinkyBear
      PinkyBear Рік тому +1

      congratulations! so happy for you! have a great time swimming in the pool. ❤️

  • Jerry Farmer
    Jerry Farmer 6 місяців тому +9

    My pond was the Indian Ocean. Swimming in an ocean is kind of like paddling up stream on a raging river. But the prisoners didn't have wet suits, goggles or a chase boat. Good job.

      DOE PLATFORM 6 місяців тому

      They had the highest level of motivation!

    • David Jones
      David Jones 6 місяців тому

      So do you think most of prisoners that attempted swim were successful?

  • Sarah Tait
    Sarah Tait Рік тому +1

    This video confirms my belief that the prisoners who escaped Alcatraz made it to the shore alive! They were allegedly strong swimmers prior to being prisoners, so I'm quite confident they made it. Wild. Anyways, congratulations on this massive accomplishment! I almost had an asthma attack watching y'all. My lungs could NOT handle this. You must feel incredibly proud!

  • Reese Benitez
    Reese Benitez Рік тому

    Good job guys, as a surfer & played water pole swimming and lifeguardingy whole life that's a feet to accomplish 🤘🏻

    • wnnalis cioov
      wnnalis cioov Рік тому

      You two are so brave!! wow! Amazing!

  • Liv K. Fisher
    Liv K. Fisher Рік тому

    I lost it at 17:40 😭 So proud of you guys, and I can't wait to see your Napa Valley adventures!

  • Jessica Fox
    Jessica Fox 7 місяців тому +5

    Everyone cheering for you guys made me tear up. so so sweet!!

    • priscilla solis
      priscilla solis 6 місяців тому

      I was literally going to type this!! I was tearing up so much

  • Virtuous Writer
    Virtuous Writer Рік тому +166

    My grandfather spent some time as a prisoner in Alcatraz. I would love to go one day to see his cell and how he lived. Btw, my kids love watching your adventures! Thank you for providing wholesome content for the whole family!

    • Sandra Ganoung
      Sandra Ganoung Рік тому +1

      100% agree on the quality clean content!

    • beth ahlquist
      beth ahlquist Рік тому +2

      I have lived in the bay area for 48 years and finally made it to Alcatraz last year. It’s a great tour. You need to go!!

    • sackett family
      sackett family Рік тому

      some gpa! what crime?

    • Virtuous Writer
      Virtuous Writer Рік тому +1

      @sackett family His crime was going MIA followed by hijacking a car and kidnapping. All this to get home to his pregnant wife! He ended up in Leavenworth, but he tried to escape, so they sent him to Alcatraz.

  • Tiffany Kodama
    Tiffany Kodama Рік тому

    @karaandnate Kara and Nate if you see this comment; please describe how hard it was to get warm after you got out of the water. What did you do to recover from the cold when you finished? I was interested in hearing about that part of the journey. Did you take a hot bath? Or take a tepid shower? Did you get lots of warm blankets and heating devices? How did you warm back up again? Thanks!💜

  • Carlos De Castro
    Carlos De Castro Рік тому

    your videos just keeps getting better and better!!!!!! ❤️

  • Joe Rausch
    Joe Rausch 10 місяців тому

    Well done!!!..so proud of you both!!