In the story, To Build A Fire, by Jack London, the man takes a journey through the Yukon to seek gold with his friends who are at his the camp. Along the way, he rubs his face to keep it from freezing.
However, as the man walks along, he uses his knowledge and knows that pools of water exist in this area. As he searches for them, he suddenly falls into one. This means he now needs to build a fire.
Once he gets his fire going, his fingers and feet are on the verge of being useless. His whole body warms from the fire and starts to get its life back before a tragic event occurs.
Just as he starts to gain felling back into parts of his body, the worst happens. The tree above his fire drops snow onto his fire and blows it out. Now the numbness feeling exists again.
With no fire again, the man attempts to light new one. He is so numb that he has trouble taking out the matches and has to light matches with his mouth. This causes him to drop the matches in the snow. After this happens, his fire source is gone.
This tragedy leaves the man with nothing but the urge to run. He gets up and believes that he can run all the way to camp. He starts on his run, already having trouble since his legs are numb. Eventually, his legs get so numb that he falls down into the cold, icy snow, and freezes to death.