Dumb and dumber

At Van Mag, we have a recurring online series called "Hometown Heroes" that celebrates the achievements of people who were born or raised here. This is not one of those stories

May 30, 2016

By Max Fawcett / Photo: High on Life Facebook page

Good news: we’ve found the broiest bros in all of brodom. Here’s the bad news: they’re from Vancouver. Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh, and Justis Cooper Price-Brown are the Rhodes scholars who decided that it was a good idea to leave the designated walkway at Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park and wander out onto the prohibited area—one that could have put both them and potential rescuers at risk. They might have gotten away with it, too, if they hadn’t decided to put the video of their escapade up on their YouTube channel. And while they quickly took theirs down, other videos emerged of the incident in question.



They’re not just a bunch of dopey globetrotters, though. Instead, they’re a group called High On Life, a collective of friends who travel the world, shoot YouTube videos, rhapsodize about the virtues of globetrotting, throw themed parties, and market a growing line of apparel that includes tank tops, sunglasses, and shorts. The accidentally-incriminating YouTube channel also has videos of them using their RV to water ski at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats and flying drones over what appears to be Arches National Park and Zion National Parks. And based on their group’s Facebook profile, they also seem to really enjoy striking poses in front of monuments and landscapes (the most ill-advised such snap might be the one taken of Hamish Cross, one of their cohort, at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) and write self-serving listicles with titles like “10 Reasons To Date a Well Travelled Man.”



The group apologized for their behaviour at Yellowstone, justifying the decision to break the park’s rules as an act of artistic over-exuberance. “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,” they said. “It was the wrong decision to make. We realize that now.” Perhaps. But on their website, they say that they “pretty much idolized” the TV show Jackass. Given their recent behaviour, that’s kind of fitting. And if you don’t think cosmic justice is stiff enough punishment for them, there’s a petition at Change.org to have Budweiser, Red Bull, and the other corporate sponsors behind High On Life yank their funding.

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