Escape From Alcatraz

Today I had a crazy idea.  Well, maybe it's not so crazy...

Many of you know that I'll be in San Francisco in February.  Me along with a few fellow students will be representing UBC at an engineering seismic design competition.  I'm pretty excited about it, a free trip to San Fran, who wouldn't be?  The few days I'll be there will be loaded with seminars and stuff that I will need to attend but there should be time to do some sightseeing.

I started to think of what I wanted to go see: the Golden Gate Bridge, Berkeley, Alcatraz... and then I thought, wouldn't it be sweet to swim from Alcatraz to shore?


    The Rock in all its Gloriousness
I grew up believing that it was an almost impossible task but it doesn't look that bad.  It's 2.4km off shore and it turns out a lot of people have done it.

There are still some details to work out.  Safety first right, so I need to make sure there is a boat with me in case things go wrong and to prevent becoming fish food by some speed boat's propeller or something.  I have a friend attending Berkeley right now and I'm really hoping he'll be able to help make this possible for me.

Anyway, more details to come later.  I was just so excited with the idea I had to share it.

4 comments:

Debi said...

There is a triathlon called Escape from Alcatraz. Some friends of mine have done it and say it's very hard. I don't think your timing will work .. too bad. Still .... i will watch with interest if you can arrange the swim. Crazy ....

Debi said...

oh, I forgot, here's the link:
http://www.escapefromalcatraztriathlon.com/ESCAPE_From_Alcatraz_Triathlon.htm

awight said...

Yeah, I saw that when I was searching the feasibility of swimming from Alcatraz on google. Looks like it would be pretty fun.

derrick Lee said...

dude, sooo do that up!... yeah, this comment is late but do it up

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