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Born in Alaska but raised in Puerto Rico, has been on the caving and rock climbing scene since he was 14 years old, when he was captivated both by spelunking 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, zip lining, via ferratta, canyoning and rock climbing. Being a proven entrepreneur, a year later Rossano established the Rope & Rescue School, and opened his own store in a two-story building on Piñero Avenue in 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 recognized by the Executive Sales & Marketing Association with the Top Management Award 1998, Tourism Category.

Rossano has also earned some fame and recognition within national and international caving circles. In 1987 he broke two world records in the Mechanical Vertical Rope Climbing competitions at the annual convention of the National Speleological Society (NSS) in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Rossano snapped the previous record—which had stood unbroken for 11 years—of 28.1 seconds for 30- meter climb with a new time of 25.7 seconds. He 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 recognitions was to be named a Fellow by the Award Committee and Board of Governors of the NSS 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; and flight special effects for entertainment shows, among others.

In several occasions, he has been retained as an expert consultant in legal cases and lawsuits related to vertical accidents.



  • 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 Rock Climbing Guide,

American Mountain Guide Association

  • 1998 - Advance Rock Climbing Guide, American Mountain Guide Assoc.

  • 2005 - Tower Climbing, Safety & Rescue Courses, ComTrain LLC Instructor Tower Climbing, Safety & Rescue

Courses, ComTrain LLC IndustrialRope Access, Ropeworks Industrial Tower Climbing, Ropeworks Industrial Rope Access, SPRAT

  • 2013 - Wind Energy- Safety at Height and Rescue W210 -W110 Authorized Instructor, Ropeworks



  • 1991 - Recognition by the United States Department of the Interior for his assistance during the rescue of an

injured caver over a 4-day period in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico.

  • 1997 - Outstanding Training of 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)