Peak condition ... (from left) Luke Edwards, Patrick Kinsella and Ben Southall will take on Australia's highest peaks over 10 days.
A week after getting married, Luke Edwards is setting off on a 10-day trip to some of Australia's most remote and beautiful locations. Without his wife.
It isn't your usual honeymoon, but the outdoor adventurer on Thursday will join two of his mates as they kick off a campaign to climb eight of Australia's highest mountains in a world record time of ten days.
Along with Tourism Australia ambassador Ben Southall and adventure journalist Patrick Kinsella, Mr Edwards hopes the feat will boost the profile of some of Australia's greatest natural wonders.
To climb the highest peak in each of the eight states and territories, the trio will need to fly 15,000km, run more than 150km and drive a whopping 3500km.
Collectively, they'll also climb 5500m in pursuit of the record books.
Mr Edwards said he was a bit worried about how his body would fare when the tight schedule meant they'd only be sleeping an average four hours per night.
But having convinced his wife to let him go in the first place, Mr Edwards has a bit of experience in getting out of tough spots.
"It was a bit of a disclaimer when I was down on one knee," he said in Canberra on Wednesday.
"Will you marry me, and I'm running around Australia in ten days, seven days after we get married."
The group will start with Mount Kosciuszko - Australia's highest peak - before bagging the ACT pinnacle Mt Bimberi.
Then it's Victoria's Mt Bogon, Tasmania's Mt Ossa, Mt Zeil in the Northern Territory, the remote Mt Woodroffe in South Australia, West Australia's Mt Meharry and finally Bartle Frere in Queensland.
With some of the peaks hundreds of kilometres from the nearest airport, and others covered in snakes, spinifex grass and loose scree slopes, Mr Southall conceded they'd have at least a few arguments and blisters by the end.
"It's going to be interesting," he said.
"This is about having an achievable adventure that anybody around Australia can do."
Minister Assisting on Tourism Don Farrell said people interested in following their adventure could track their progress online and view footage captured from Australia's most iconic places.
"You don't have to go overseas to see spectacular landscapes," Senator Farrell said.