UNB Rock and Ice


UNB Rock & Ice is lead by a five-person executive that is elected each year in April. Any of our volunteers may run for a position. In addition, we have an advisory board of three directors that the president appoints for two-year terms. This board provides year-to-year continuity for the club. Board members are experienced climbers who have a strong connection to the club.

We are built by climbers, for climbers.

President – Shawn Fairweather


Hey y’all! I started climbing back in 2009 when I joined UNB Rock & Ice. What started as a weekly trip to the wall quickly turned into a flat-out addiction when I made my first trip to one of our local crags. Since then, I have climbed all over New Brunswick and, more recently, I’ve been lucky enough to make my way outside the province to sample other amazing destinations. Whether you’re looking to learn the basics of climbing or develop the skills you have, the wall at UNB is a great place to start; with good people willing to help out any way they can…. If you have any questions about the club or how you can get involved feel free to send me an email at president@unbrockandice.ca

 Vice President Internal – John Saad

gympicMy first time climbing was at our very own gym back in 2010. I quickly realised how amazing it was a started climbing on a regular basis. I attended rock school that year and have been climbing inside and out ever since. Most recently I have had the opportunity to climb on the UNB Rock and Ice climbing team. It has allowed me to train and climb at a competitive level and has pushed me to become a better climber. As the VP internal I am here to manage the monitors and volunteers so that everyone can enjoy the wall as much as possible. If you’re interested in helping out, or have any questions about the club, I encourage you to email me at: vp-internal@unbrockandice.ca

Vice President External – Eric Sloan

14207593_1046783865369446_4194923611349522730_oI started climbing in 2014 spending a lot of time at both UNB Rock and Ice and the Gagetown climbing wall. After a few months of going I was hooked and now can’t remember how I spent my time before climbing. I spend several nights a week at the wall climbing, training, monitoring, and more recently setting new problems every Saturday as part of our ongoing “Setterdays”. If I’m not in the gym I am either working as a software developer or on the end of a rope working my latest project. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to contact me at vp-external@unbrockandice.ca.

In addition to being the VP-External I also manage the club gear stash. If any member of the club is looking to borrow a crash pad for a night session at the woodlot or a harness and a helmet to head outside for a day feel free to email unbri.gear@unb.ca.

Treasurer – Dominic Caron

domphotoSport, trad, mixed, ice and indoor climbing: I do it all. I started climbing in 2006 and have been heavily involved in the New Brunswick outdoor climbing scene since 2009. I’ve spent countless hours hanging out on the rock walls, scrubbing and bolting many new routes. In 2011, I started the rebolting project: an initiative to replace old hardware with brand new stainless steel. To date, we’ve replaced over 200 old, manky bolts at New Brunswick crags. I’ve also recently published the 2013 edition of the climbing guidebook for New Brunswick. This is must-have for any outdoor climber!  I’ve been involved with the club since 2011 when I moved to the Fredericton region. Aside from being the Treasurer, I organize Rock School and Ice School. If you have questions about these programs or anything, feel free to ask me – I even speak French!

 Secretary – Ivan Smolyakov

I moved to Fredericton for my PhD studies in September 2015 and became a member of UNB Rock and Ice 3 days after my plane had landed. Mounteneering of all shapes and kinds is a big passion of mine. The more hardcore adventures I get into, the happier I am! There’s no better experience than skiing fresh pow in the backcountry, climbing a beautiful mountain or sending a sick sport route! I am super happy to be a part of the local climbing community, see you at the crag!