Experienced free climber, 31, dies after falling 80 feet from North Carolina ...

A free climber has died after falling 80 feet from Shortoff Mountain in Burke County, North Carolina.

He's been named as Austin Howell, 31, who was from Chicago and regularly posted on Facebook and Instagram about his free climbing adventures, that don't involve ropes or safety equipment.

Howell was pronounced dead around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday according to the Burke County Office's Facebook page. 

Tragically Howell had climbed part of the same mountain before and posted a video showing him scaling in the nude.

Austin Howell, 31, (pictured above) died on Sunday after falling 80 feet from Shortoff Mountain in Burke County, North Carolina

Austin Howell, 31, (pictured above) died on Sunday after falling 80 feet from Shortoff Mountain in Burke County, North Carolina

Tragically Howell had climbed part of the same mountain before and posted a video showing him scaling in the nude (as shown above)

Tragically Howell had climbed part of the same mountain before and posted a video showing him scaling in the nude (as shown above)

Photos from Howell's social media accounts show him to be an avid free climber (pictured above) who had successfully taken on mountains and rock faces across the states, much to the admiration of his followers

County officials said the section from which Howell fell was 'one of the most difficult portions.' (Howell shown above scaling a rock face in a different location on an earlier date)

County officials said the section from which Howell fell was 'one of the most difficult portions.' (Howell shown above scaling a rock face in a different location on an earlier date)

Burke County Emergency Communications Center said it was notified around 11.45am that a climber had fallen from the mountain. 

County officials said the section from which Howell fell was 'one of the most difficult portions.'

Howell is said to have landed in a hard-to-reach area which extended the time it took for emergency responders to rescue him. 

Officials said other climbers had reached Howell and performed CPR in vain before rescue officials arrived.

'All indications are that this was a true accident,' Burke County Emergency Management Director Michael Willis told Fox News. 

He added that it was likely Howell was climbing alone without ropes or harnesses.

The last photo Howell had posted on Saturday was a pair of climbing shoes with a caption saying he'd moved on to North Carolina

The last photo Howell had posted on Saturday was a pair of climbing shoes with a caption saying he'd moved on to North Carolina

Shortoff Mountain in Burke County, in western North Carolina, from where Howell fell 80 feet to his death

Shortoff Mountain in Burke County, in western North Carolina, from where Howell fell 80 feet to his death

Photos from Howell's social media accounts show him to be an avid free climber who had successfully taken on mountains and rock faces across the states, much to the admiration of his followers.

He described in detail his many climbing achievements. 

In 2015 Howell posted an image of himself on Instagram with a neck brace and what appears to be a broken arm.

'I took a bad fall in the first

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