In the story "To Build a Fire," what advice from an old-timer does the man choose to ignore?

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The newcomer foolishly ignores the old timer's advice by traveling throughout the Yukon territory alone when it is below fifty degrees in order to meet his friends at the next human settlement by six o'clock. The old man on Sulphur Creek had warned him that it is unsafe to travel alone in the wilderness when it is below fifty degrees. Despite the warning and valuable advice, the newcomer laughs at the old man and considers the old man "womanish" after he successfully starts his second fire underneath the pine tree. The newcomer foolishly ignores the old man's advice by traveling through the treacherous Yukon territory in negative seventy-five-degree weather alone. The newcomer travels alone with his dog, which is a terrible decision in such severe, dangerous conditions. Tragically, the newcomer gets his feet wet and cannot successfully build a third fire after his second fire goes out. The foolish newcomer ends up freezing to death alone in the wilderness when he is unable to successfully build a fire and should have listened to the old man's advice.

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The "old-timer" in the story gives the man a very important piece of advice that he chooses to ignore.  According to the old-timer on Sulphur creek, "No man must travel alone in the Klondike after fifty below." This was for safety's sake.  When conditions are that cold a man can die very quickly should anything happen.  Traveling with a partner can save your life.

At first the man actually scoffs at the advice "Those old-timers were rather womanish, some of them, he thought. All a man had to do was to keep his head, and he was all right. Any man who was a man could travel alone." But after the snow falls on his fire and puts it out he realizes the geezer was right: "Perhaps the old-timer on Sulphur Creek was right. If he had only had a trail-mate he would have been in no danger now."

So there's your answer.  The man ignores the old-dude's advice to never travel alone when it was so cold out.

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