Two travel bloggers who served jail time for trespassing at Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring died earlier this week after falling 100 feet down a waterfall in British Columbia.
Ryker Gamble and Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh died Tuesday at Shannon Falls, the Vancouver Sun reported. They were in their late 20s and early 30s. They were with Megan Scraper, who also died.
The Associated Press reported that they were swimming in a pool system at the top of the falls and walking along the ledge before the accident. Search and rescue teams recovered their bodies Tuesday.
The Canadian men had a popular YouTube channel, and their exploits went viral after they walked on sensitive features in Yellowstone and other national parks in 2016. Along with other High On Life friends, Gamble and Lyakh pleaded guilty in January 2017 to charges of disorderly conduct by creating a hazardous condition in a thermal area. They also pleaded guilty to commercial photography without a permit, use of a drone in a closed area and riding a bike in wilderness in Zion, Death Valley and Mesa Verde.
Both men served a week in jail in the Gallatin County Detention Center in Bozeman, and paid $2,000 in fines. They were put on five years of probation and banned from all U.S. public lands during that time.
Gamble and Lyakh took videos of themselves stepping off the boardwalk at Grand Prismatic and tromping across its delicate crust while clowning for their audience. Park officials learned of the incident May 16, 2016, when an internet user saw the Prismatic images and called rangers. That led to finding more crimes committed while the men were on a U.S. road trip. The incident spurred a wave of internet hate from park and conservation advocates.
The British Columbians owned a clothing company and adventure film operation called High on Life SundayFundayz.
Their actions and the narrative in their videos portrayed them as adventure seekers who didn’t let rules bother them in pursuit of a good time.