TWO Wagga men are about to climb into a bomb and raise $10,000 on gruelling charity drive across 12,000 kilometres of rugged terrain in central Asia.
Andrew Robertson, 23, and Damian Le Brocque, 22, both politics and international relations students at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), plan to drive in a car worth less than $1000 from London to the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar.
The trio, travelling with fellow UNSW student Harry Thomson, will cross through 18 countries, five mountain ranges and three deserts.
"We're all going to do a crash course in mechanics," Robertson said.
"I grew up on my grandparents farm, so I know a little bit, but by no means are we mechanics."
The trio have dubbed the event starting on July 19 as their "fine line" project.
"It is such a fine line between being happy and healthy and having cancer," he said.
"The rates of survival for youth having cancer hasn't improved since 1970."
The Mongol Rally is organised by UK charity fund-raiser The Adventurists, with the Wagga men raising money for cancer initiative YouCan.
Robertson said the long term aim of supporting YouCan is to see the establishment of cancer treatment centres for young people.
"Currently there is only one in Australia," he said.
The men are at the stage of applying for visas for each of the countries they will pass through.
As for how they will overcome the language barrier, differences in cuisine and security concerns, Robertson said the team is developing "plan A and plan B".
"There is always that lingering doubt," Robertson said.