‘High On Life’ Vloggers Who Broke National Park Rules Die In British Columbia
Two men with a popular travel video blog website, who were jailed for crimes in Yellowstone National Park in 2016, died when trying to save a girl at the third-tallest waterfall in British Columbia on Tuesday.
News sources report that Ryker Gamble and Alexey Lyakh were hiking along Shannon Falls about 40 miles north of Vancouver, B.C., when Lyakh's girlfriend Megan Scraper slipped into a pool and the others went in to save her, according to the Vancouver Sun.
They fell into another pool about 100 feet below. Search and rescue teams recovered the bodies on Wednesday.
Gamble, Lyakh, Scraper and others founded a travel video-blogging group and clothing company known as High on Life SundayFundayz with more than a million followers on Instagram alone, according to the Vancouver Sun. "The group aimed to inspire those watching to 'embrace all of life’s opportunities with a positive outlook and energy.'"
High on Life SundayFundayz also posted several in 2016 that gained them international scorn when Gamble, Lyakh, Justis Cooper Price Brown and another man were shown walking on the delicate bacterial mat of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.
They pleaded guilty to violations in Yellowstone and Death Valley National parks.
Gamble and Lyakh were sentenced to seven days in jail, paid thousands of dollars in fines and restitution, banned from national parks and other federal lands for five years, and ordered to perform community service, and ordered to remove national park-related videos from their website.
Besides the violations in the national parks, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued violation notices from Corona Arch and Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
In their pursuit of adventure, they also did things like jumping a fence at Machu Piccu in Peru to get a photo, and clowning around at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.