Megan Scraper, Ryker Gamble, and Alexey Lyakh were three prominent members of the popular YouTube travel vlog “High On Life.”
On July 3rd, the trio passed away while swimming in Shannon Falls, British Columbia, after slipping and falling into a pool almost 100 feet below.
With 500K+ subscribers and over a million Instagram followers, “High on Life” is known for joy-filled romps in places like Bali, Iceland, Rome and many others. In addition, they offer pro tips like “How to Bargain like a BOSS” and “Staying Fit While Traveling.” The slickly-produced weekly vlog has steadily grown in quality and popularity since premiering in 2011. The ultimate goal of the crew, stated in their About page, is to “inspire [their] viewers to get out and explore the world.”
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5 years ago we went on our first ever trip. We saved up 10k each and traveled to India, SE Asia and Europe for 7 months. We came home completely broke and completely different. Knowing we could never go back to the 9-5 office life we spent the next half a decade working on turning our passions for travel and making videos into a lifestyle and business. Last night we found ourselves back in Rome and recreated a picture we took back in 2012. It's a very nostalgic feeling being back here. But this time with a totally different agenda and purpose. Filming a video series that takes the roller coaster ride of the last 5 years of fun and adventures traveling to over 50 countries, as well as work, struggles, doubts and persevere and narrows it all down into a clear and concise content that will show anyone how to turn their passion for travel into a full time lifestyle and business. The biggest question we have ever gotten is "How do you get to travel the world for a living and How can I do the same?" This trip is ? focused on us sharing that story and information with you! So stay tuned ?? @wanderlust @parkerheuser @rykergamble @kenzokiren ?@photosbyusher
In response to the tragedy, the rest of the “High on Life” team published a heartfelt tribute video. “The world has lost a great of light,” they somberly affirm, going on to read a statement written by Ryker and Alexey themselves. It read, in part:
“What does it feel like to be present? To be here in the now and fully experiencing this moment. Free from any weight of the past or any anticipation of the future. Just free. Free to realize that only you can control how you feel, about anything. Free to see things the way they are and free to give your time and energy to what really matters. Accept the fact that everything that makes up your world is there because you attracted it with your own thoughts….you can decide to be in a place of attraction and abundance.”
In addition, the team asked that fans respect the family of the deceased while they grieve, while sharing any of the ways that “High on Life” has inspired them by using the hashtag #HOLinspired.
Finally, a memorial fund has been started on GoFundMe for the “care and expenses that come at an impossible difficult time like this.”
Feature Image Courtesy the Ryker, Alexey & Megan Memorial Fund @GoFundMe