Eric Lupfer is a graduate student at the University of Texas. “Thru-Hiking” is his first publication in a literary magazine. 
Dec 01 1996
Gentian Pond Shelter, New Hampshire
On the trail, you hear about Ward Leonard long before you meet him. At the Gentian Pond the Yankee Buckeye told us, “Ward’s jumped into shelters at one in the morning, shelters where he knew there were other thru-hikers, and yelled, ‘You’re not gonna make it! You don’t have what it takes!'” The Yankee Buckeye shook his fist in the air, miming Ward’s rage.