Being born and raised in Brooklyn never stymied Arturo's love for the outdoors. He spent most of his youth biking and riding the subway from Jamaica bay to Van Cortlandt park learning how to paddle, fish, mountain bike, and climb. Capitalizing on his local knowledge, Arturo became a NYC tour guide in 1997. Since 2000, rock and ice climbing have been his favorite pursuits and inspiration for many road trips, stopping to climb in 34 US states (so far!).