The man is trying to get to the so called "Boys" so he travels through the Yukons woods to get to reach his destination. Exposition: The setting of the story is the cold and snowy Yukon woods with the man and the dog being introduced.
“It hung back until the man shoved it forward, and then it went quickly across the white, unbroken surface. Suddenly it broke through, floundered to one side, and got away to further footing.” The man and dog were both hesitant to cross the water until the man pushed the dog forward causing it to break the ice and fall in the cold water. This is the Rising action as the man took his mittens off to help the dog. This was the start to the cold and exposed body parts.
The man made a fire beside a tree to warm up as he and the dog rest, but later found out it was the worst decision he would ever make.
"Each time he had pulled a twig he had communicated a slight agitation to the tree ... high up in the tree a bough capsized its load of snow.. it grew like an avalanche, and it descended without warning upon the man and the fire.."As the man was trying to warm up he detached twigs off the tree resulting in the snow on top of the tree to collapse on the man, the dog, and the fire. This is the conflict because without a fire the man can not survive nor get a match to remake the fire.
In his last attempt to reach the "boys" he comes to accept the fact of his inevitable demise
"Then the man drowsed off into what seemed to him the most comfortable and satisfying sleep he had ever known. The resolution of the story is that the man dies off. The cold was no match for him and took his life.