A pair of Canadian travel vloggers died Tuesday in a waterfall accident that also claimed the life of one of the men’s girlfriends.
Ryker Gamble and Alexey Lyakh of the popular YouTube travel collective High on Life SundayFundayz died alongside Lyakh’s girlfriend Megan Scraper after falling down Shannon Falls, the third-highest waterfall in British Columbia.
Cpl. Sascha Banks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said three adults were swimming in a pool atop the waterfall when they slipped and tumbled nearly 100 feet down into a lower pool.
Police were forced to call in search and rescue teams and helicopter units in order to recover the bodies, as the “extremely difficult” and “very dangerous” terrain combined with a heavy water flow made for a risky recovery effort.
Travel vloggers Ryker Gamble and Alexey Lyakh
Travel vloggers Ryker Gamble and Alexey Lyakh
Underwater Scooters!! 🛴🛴
...what’s the craziest thing you’ve found in the sea?
I’ve never understood why tropical sunsets are so much more vibrant and colourful than the ones back home. Not complaining though 💙🌅
People used to make fun of the size of my nose... but I eventually grew into it!👃
Insert deep nature loving existential revelation caption here
Also Happy Canada Day 🇨🇦
Sunset Vibes... 🤙
Over the past year I’ve spent a lot of time with men and masculine energy. Some of it being with the @highonlife squad, and the rest with a brotherhood back home in Vancouver. What I love most about masculine energy is the innate drive and desire to seek out purpose. When life is on purpose and I feel clear with my direction, all my other decisions seem to get easier. When my purpose isn’t clear and not my priority, I end up bringing less of myself into the world, into my intimate relationships, and into my daily life. It took me 29 years to understand this. So if you have a strong masculine core, and find yourself drained of energy, attention, and power, check in with this notion of your “purpose” and see what comes up. Share it with other men or people in your life who also have strong masculine energy. Make purpose the focus above everything else in your life and watch how the rest will fall into place. 😎👊
Happy Birthday @mindy I 💚 U
Always a kid at heart! ♥️
There’s this common perception that as we grow older we need to become more serious. Life throws responsibilities and big tough decisions our way, and we need to act our age and work really really hard! I find I loose a sense of my self when I get into this kind of head space. Because life isn’t about responsibilities, tough decisions and hard work, it’s about feeling bliss and living in the moment... doing things that stimulate a sense of joy and aliveness. These are feeing I had almost every day as a kid, because my life was driven by my heart. I’d make decisions and move in directions that made me scream with excitement, adrenaline, and pure happiness. I think we can learn a thing or two from our younger childish selves. My plan is to not stiffle the kid in me... the kid that wants to do weird and wacky things, like dance and sing in my underwear, and go to water parks and build slip n slides in summer! That’s my plan 😊🤙
What’s something you’re gonna do this summer that brings out the kid in you? 🤔
Bali breakfast spread life with @mindy at @ayanaresort 🥞
Being a man. I've been trying to open my heart lately and start feeling more deeply... and I've realized it's not an easy task! I spent most of my childhood as an "over emotional being", meaning I'd often get overwhelmed by my feelings. I'd break down into tears from the slightest thing that'd upset me. It was embarrassing and I hated it, so I learned how to close the floodgates and suppress the emotional roller coasters I use to ride. Fast forward almost 2 decades later and I'm clawing to get these kind of feelings back in my life. I recognize I didn't have the right tools to cope with my feelings as a kid and young teenager. And l miss those feelings! I'm guilty AF that I love watching random videos that'll pull at my heart strings and make me tear up. I've joined a few communities dedicated to this kind of personal work and am truly greatful for it. Anyways, just wanted to share a slice of my thoughts and life. Maybe if you've gone through something similar as me, you'll try to get back in tune with your heart like I am... 😊
Befriending the local shellfish #balilife
Taking the ladies for a stroll! 😂 -
Made an impromptu trip to Peru last fall with @lensflare... the majority of our time was spent in Cusco hearding alpachas and drinking pisco sours.
Morning swing on the west side of Gili Trawangen, you can see Gili Meno and Gili Air as well as Lombok all together in one frame 🏖🏝🏖 These islands have some of the most amazing coral reefs and scuba diving in the world. There are no cars or motorcycles, but you can circle each of the in 20-30 minutes on a bicycle. Each island has a very different vibe and they are a 10 minutes boat ride away from each other. Definitely a must if you’re traveling to Bali ✨
Ripping through the Everglades on an airboat, searching for gators! 😆
After much deliberation @mindy and I have decided to relinquish all worldly possessions & responsibilities and move to a small fishing village in Bali to live a quiet life off the land. Bye ✌️
Blue Lagoon was the percent way to end the Iceland trip
Playing with 🐘 at a rescue reserve!!
About to float away to Santorini Greece 🎈 @chromatasantorini 🌍
The moment you feel the freezing cold water on your skin and the rush of adrenaline that follows, you remember why is was a good idea to jump. ☺️ I find that the scariest decisions in life always seem to yield the biggest rewards... I like that.
Entering Avatar world
...is there something on my face?? 🙈
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Scraper initially slipped and fell, and Lyakh and Gamble were swept away in their attempts to save her, according to the Vancouver Sun.
They were identified in local media reports and on social media.
High on Life SundayFundayz, formed by Gamble, Lyakh and high school friend Parker Heuser, is a collective of avid travelers who track their adventures across continents on social media.
The group — which has nearly 500,000 YouTube subscribers and boasts 1.1 million Instagram followers — has been sharing videos since 2011, and has documented trips to countries like Bali, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Argentina, Peru, Thailand and Hungary.
“We post weekly videos to inspire our viewers to get out and explore the world,” the group’s Facebook page reads.
Both Gamble and Lyakh — along with pal Justis Price Brown — made headlines in 2016 for leaving a designated trail at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to film atop the protected Grand Prismatic Spring.
All three pleaded guilty to charges including disorderly conduct, commercial photography without a permit and the use of a drone. Gamble and Lyakh were ordered to pay $5,000 each in fines, and both served a week in jail.
"When standing at the face of such natural wonder, we were drawn to it," they later apologized. "In an attempt to get the perfect shot, we acted in a way that doesn’t reflect our respect for the environment we were trying to capture.”
Tributes by devastated fans have continued to pour in across the group’s social media channels.
“These three lived harder and saw more than most see in a lifetime,” one fan wrote on Instagram. “They also inspired so many of us to travel and pursue our dreams. My heart goes out to all of you.”