Driver Info


River Shiver is not an event for anyone afraid of a little wear and tear on their rig, but you do not have to assume that serious damage to the rig is a given. If you are looking for a challenge though we can find you some good ones and then drag your wreck back to camp on its roof. We aim to please.

Driver Suggestions

Our signature run is the drive atop the shallow Waiparous River, right up to the end of the trail where the creek has cut a small gorge into the sheer rock wall. With adequate traction on your boots, you can walk up the icefalls right through the gorge.

Driving on the river has some unusual hazards that are unique. The time of year ensures that the ice will be as thick as it will ever get, but there is still flowing water under the ice. There are spots where the river runs fast and deep, and the ice above never fully freezes. Through trial and error, we've found most of the usual spots, and we are reasonably sure we can navigate around the known hazards. There's always the risk of falling through, however. As such, drive at a speed that reflects that hazard. Many tires have been popped off the beads and rims bent as a result of falling through the ice - tires, steering rods and rims suffer the anticipated effects. So, while a giant sheet of virgin ice may seem like a great place to open the throttle, restraint is wise, although, admittedly, not very fun. There are many places where the river is always well frozen, and if the trail leader disappears ahead of you in a plume of black diesel fumes, feel free to catch him up and have some fun.

The other warning is about doing donuts. A lot of tires have had to be re- seated because of this activity. Quite often, the top layer of ice simply crushes under your wheels, enabling a surprising amount of traction. Doing a donut into a patch of this highly grippy ice has removed several aired down tires from their rims. Be aware of the ice conditions before playing around like this.




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