Three members of the “High on Life” group are dead after a fall in British Columbia.
Members of a group of Canadian travel vloggers who infamously trampled a Yellowstone hot spring have died after a waterfall accident in British Columbia.
Alexey Lyakh Megan Scraper and Ryker Gamble died in July near Squamish, British Columbia. There were eyewitnesses to the event who said it all started when Scraper slipped and fell from rocks near the top of the falls.
Authorities believe Vancouver residents Lyakh and Gamble jumped into the current in a failed attempt to save her. Police later recovered their bodies, which fell approximately 100 feet. Shannon Falls is the third-highest waterfall in British Columbia and a popular tourist attraction and hiking spot.
The three all made their living by travel blogging, posting photos and videos of their adventures to their social media followers through the group “High on Life Sunday Fundayz.” Fellow group members announced the trio’s deaths on their YouTube channel. They then set up a GoFundMe page for a memorial fund.
In the days leading up to their deaths, Lyakh had been posting photos and videos of himself and Scraper exploring wilderness areas around Vancouver on his social media channels. In one video, the couple walks on a high, abandoned rail bridge. All three often posted videos of themselves cliff jumping or sliding down waterfalls.
The High on Life group developed a massive online following, but came under heavy criticism in 2016. Members posted photos and videos of themselves walking off the boardwalks at Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Prismatic Hot Spring.
Lyakh and Gamble, who were both caught on video walking on the spring, were sentenced to seven days in jail and each had to pay over $2,000 in restitution and fines for the Yellowstone incident.
The backlash from the incident led to an investigation of the group for inappropriate behavior in several other National Parks and on Bureau of Land Management lands.
Another high-profile incident was when the group drove their RV over the flooded Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and filmed themselves wakeboarding behind it. The delicate flats are closed to vehicular traffic when they’re moist or covered in standing water.
The group was also cited for violations in Death Valley, Zion and Mesa Verde National Parks, as well as BLM land Corona Arch.