The history of Frostline Kits isn't complicated, and if you knew how to work a sewing machine, the concept wasn't either. Started in 1966 by Dale Johnson, a former employee of Gerry Mountaineering Equipment, Frostline made sewing kits for those who didn't have the money to purchase camping and outdoor equipment. You'd send away for whatever it was you needed - a backpack, a parka, even a tent - and you'd get a kit sent to you with all the pieces already cut up. If you knew how to sew, you could spent half the money by doing it yourself. And it would allow you some freedom to add a few personal touches as well.