22-year-old Winona man ID'd as victim in Colorado climbing fall

The man fell to his death on Saturday, May 18.
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The Minnesotan who died Saturday while climbing in the Poudre Canyon near Fort Collins, Colorado, has been identified a man from Winona. 

The Larimer County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Mitchel Brian Halberg, 22. Halberg's death was accidental, with the cause defined as a blunt force head injury. 

Deputies from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene on Hwy. 14 near mile marker 103 around 7:55 p.m. Saturday, where they found Halberg and two other members of a climbing party who were attempting lifesaving efforts. 

These efforts were unsuccessful and Halberg was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff's office said. 

Poudre Canyon is located north/northwest of Fort Collins in north-central Colorado. 

In April, Halberg was featured in an Instagram post from My Climb, an app that allows climbers to track activity and connect with climbers. 

"My goals in climbing are to continue to push myself further and experience outdoor climbing more, especially out in Colorado," Halberg is quoted as saying. "My most memorable climbing experience was climbing sugar loaf in Winona MN with some friends and the local college group while taking in the fantastic views of the bluffs around the Mississippi valley."

He notes that he climbed "several times" during his childhood, but only got into it regularly 6 months ago.

Halberg's funeral will be held Saturday at the Central Lutheran Church in Winona, according to an online obituary

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