They Sought Adventure, Died While Pursuing It

Travel vloggers die in fall from BC waterfall
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2018 8:08 AM CDT
Two combined photos show, from left, Ryker Gamble, Megan Scraper, and Alexey Lyakh.   (GoFundMe)

(Newser) – Three Canadians who shared their love of travel with 1.1 million subscribers on Instagram and another 500,000 subscribers on YouTube died this week after tumbling over a waterfall. The content creators for High on Life were swimming in a rock pool above Shannon Falls near Squamish, BC, around noon Tuesday when all three fell the equivalent of 10 stories, per CTV News. A Mountie says they "were walking along the edge of where the pool would be and at that stage they slipped and fell." However, Global News reports a woman fell first before two men tried to save her. After three bodies were recovered from a lower pool on Wednesday, friends and family identified the victims as Ryker Gamble and Alexey Lyakh, two of four High on Life founders, and Megan Scraper, Lyakh's girlfriend who frequently appeared on High on Life's social media accounts.

The travelers had experienced their share of controversy. In one case two years ago, Gamble and Lyakh spent a week in jail in Wyoming for disorderly conduct after photos showed they'd ventured to a hot spring in a protected area of Yellowstone National Park. In one of his last Instagram posts, Gamble gave a glimpse at the mindset that allowed for such adventures. "Life isn't about responsibilities, tough decisions, and hard work, it's about feeling bliss and living in the moment," he said, per the CBC. "To know that he passed away doing what he loved gives me some comfort," a friend tells Global News. Adds a friend of Scraper: "If there's any solace in this, it's that she did more than more than most people do by 80 in her short time here on Earth." (Read more Canada stories.)

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