Garry Weare has had a long-standing relationship with the Himalaya, since leading his first trek in Kashmir in 1973. After a two-year stint in the Australian outback, Weare returned to Kashmir where he pioneered many classic treks. He also met the co-founders of Australian Himalayan Expeditions, now World Expeditions one of the worlds leading adventure travel companies, with whom Weare still maintains a close working relationship. For 13 years Weare had an idyllic lifestyle organising and leading treks from the comfort of his houseboat in Kashmir. Following the outbreak of political unrest in Kashmir in 1990, Weare returned to Australia. However he travelled regularly to Kashmir and other regions of the Indian Himalaya, leading exploratory treks or researching his Trekking in the Indian Himalaya. He also wrote A Long Walk in the Himalaya, an account of his epic five-month trek from the source of the Ganges to Kashmir Weare is the Australian Secretary for the Himalayan Club, a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and has been awarded for his outstanding contribution for promoting adventure travel in the Indian Himalaya. Weare is also a founding director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation. He has a daughter and two stepdaughters and lives with his wife Margie Thomas in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia.