Rossano Boscarino, born in Alaska but raised in Puerto Rico, has been on the caving and climbing scene since he was 14 years old, almost 30 years ago when he was hooked by a fascination for cave exploration and the vertical world.
In 1987 he founded Aventuras Tierra Adentro Inc., the first company in Puerto Rico dedicated to ecotourism in combination with outdoor sports such as caving, rappelling, ziplines, via ferratta, canyoning and rock climbing. In 1998 entrepreneur Rossano established Rope & Rescue School and his own store in a two-story building on Piñero Avenue in University Gardens, San Juan.
The years of hard work and the store’s one-stop-shop uniqueness did not go unnoticed. In May of 1999 Rossano was awarded the Top Management Award 1998, Tourism Category by the Executive Sales & Marketing Association.
Rossano has also earned some fame and recognition within national and international caving circles when he broke two world records in the Mechanical Vertical Rope Climbing competitions in 1987 at the annual convention of the National Speleological Society in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan. Rossano, who at the time was music major at the UPR, snapped the previous record of 28.1 seconds for 30-meter climb with a new time of 25.7 seconds. The previous record had stood unbroken 11 years. Rossano also shattered his own record of 4 minutes and 40 seconds at the NSS convention the previous year in the grueling 120-meter climb. His new record was 4 minutes 10.5 seconds.
One of Rossano’s most prestigious awards was to be named a Fellow by the Award Committee and Board of Governors of the National Speleological Society at its 1995 convention in Huntsville, Alabama. The NSS is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, dedicated to the exploration, study, and conservation of caves.
Thanks to his knowledge and expertise in rope access and anchors, Rossano has been hired for many industrial jobs, such as: removal and installation of lights and speakers in coliseums and stadiums, light maintenance on tall buildings, assistance in vertical measurements at constructions sites, installation of safety nets on cliffs, installation of life-loading anchors for construction workers, flight special effects for entertainment shows, and the list goes on.
In several occasions he has been hired as an expert consultant in legal cases and lawsuits related to vertical accidents. During the last 15 years he has been rock climbing around the world in search of new challenges.
- 1990 Instructor, National Cave Rescue Commission
- 1991 Course Coordinator, National Cave Rescue Commission
- 1996 Swift-water Rescue Technician, Rescue 3 International
- 1997 Advance Swift-water Rescue Technician, Rescue 3 International
- 1997 Rock Climbing Guide, American Mountain Guide Association
- 1998 Advance Rock Climbing Guide, American Mountain Guide Assoc.
- 2005 Tower Climbing, Safety & Rescue Courses, ComTrain LLC
- 2005 Instructor Tower Climbing, Safety & Rescue Courses, ComTrain LLC
- 2005 Industrial Rope Access, Ropeworks – SPRAT
- 2005 Industrial Tower Climbing, Ropeworks
- 2013 Wind Energy- Safety at Height and Rescue W210 -W110 Authorized Instructor, Ropeworks
- 1991 Recognition by the United States Department of the Interior for the assistance during the rescue of an injured caver over a 4-day period in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico.
- 1997 Outstanding Training FBI San Juan Swat Team, Justice Department FBI.
- 1987 Ascension in 12 hours of El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California
- 2004 Link-up ascension in 20:13 hours of Half Dome and El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California (a total of 5,000 feet of rock)