Evans Prater


Evans hiked the entire 2,185 mile Appalachian Trail in 2014 and started Mount Inspiration Apparel to share his love for the outdoors with others. He lives, works, and drinks plenty of craft beer in Asheville, North Carolina.

What Happened When My GF And I Tried 36 Questions From 'Modern Love’

By Evans Prater
Last year, you probably remember reading about the 36 questions to fall in love. These questions are drawn from a study performed by Dr. Arthur Aron more than 20 years ago, in which two strangers asked each other 36 questions in a lab setting over a…

How Failing At Dating Apps Actually Led Me To The Perfect Relationship

By Evans Prater
I tried online dating for a long time. It was my "little secret" in its early days of 2010. I justified online dating in my head by saying, "If you're fishing and you fish with a bigger net, you're likely to catch more fish, right?" What was sorely…

Why I'm Setting Myself Back In My Career In Favor Of A Happier Life

By Evans Prater
A few weeks ago, you probably saw the Cosmopolitan post, "Why I Gave Up a $95,000 Job to Move to an Island and Scoop Ice Cream." When I read that article, I was just finishing up a full-time internship at one of Florida's largest, most successful…

6 Ways Childhood Bullies Unknowingly Helped Me Become A Better Person

By Evans Prater
In 2000, there were no anti-bullying campaigns – no StopBullying.gov, no National Bullying Prevention Center, no StompOutBullying.org – or, if there were, no one in my world had any idea they existed. There was just the age-old sentiment that a kid…

Putting Life In Perspective: 5 Things Thinking I Had Cancer Taught Me

By Evans Prater
As I sat in the waiting room at urgent care around 9:17 pm on a Wednesday in February, my fingers trembled and my heart raced uncontrollably. The doctor was most certainly going to return with horrible news. “It appears there’s a large black mass on…

6 Ways Taking A 2185-Mile Hike Up The East Coast Changed My Life

By Evans Prater
A lot of people would never choose to spend four or five of the hottest months of the year "vacation" hiking across the backbone of the Appalachian Mountains. A lot of people, though, also don't have the balls to test and push themselves to their…