My name is Evans Prater. My trail name is Jukebox, because I can't hike without music. I completed a thru-hike in August 2014. The trail is my happy place. I also founded The DoNation, a non-profit dedicated to helping the modern generation donate to charity quickly and effortlessly (https://www.jointhedonation.org).
Help Save Pisgah National Forest!
The Appalachian Trail crosses through the Pisgah National Forest, and is arguably one of the most beautiful sections hikers will encounter. Recently,
Gear Review: Barefoot Science Insoles
Disclaimer: Evans "Jukebox" Prater was provided with free samples of the Barefoot Science insoles for the purpose of reviewing them and sharing his
25 Thru-Hike Inspired Tattoos
Tattoos have long been humanity's way of expressing creativity, transience, and permanency all in one. What better way to show others that you're
How to Use Your Thru-Hike in a Job Interview
I can't speak for all thru-hikers, but I fully plan on exploiting the fact that I hiked 2,185.3 miles to my advantage in future job searches. Because
Done, done, done.
Well, I did it. I hiked all 2,185.3 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Maybe I'm being a bit Meriwether Lewis, but I neither feel like I thought I
A Few of My Trials (And How I Overcame Them)
No one ever said hiking the AT would be easy. In fact, they warned me it would be hard. I had even had some AT experience, so I knew the hiking was
Eat Me! A Hiker’s Caloric Consumption On and Off the Trail
As we all know, long-distance hiking requires an absurd amount of calories; most Appalachian Trail thru-hikers claim they attempt to ingest between
The Psychology of a Trail Name
Twelve Percent. Kickapoo. Aviator. Sparky. Iron Chef. Bobcat. Sloth. The Pope. Rain. Lotus. Einstein. Jersey Girl. Bama. Egret. Tum Tum. Hard Times
5 New Lessons from My (2nd) First 5 Days on the AT
Ahh, here I sit in the lovely Budget Inn in Hiawassee, GA, belly full of Miller Lite and McDonald's, supremely content and full of joy. Like a happy
Interview With a Thru-Hiker
Although I've done a few hundred miles of the trail, that small feat pales in comparison to hiking 2,180-something miles over a 6 month