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Stanislaw Migdal sinks his long wooden pole into the water with a practiced hand. For decades now, the mountain river guide has been propelling rafts full of tourists down southern Poland's Dunajec River Gorge in keeping with a 200-year-old tradition. Wearing a vibrant blue waistcoat embroidered with colorful flowers and a black mountain cap, he expresses how proud he is to be part of the elite group of 500 men who hand down the job from father to son. Its vertical walls can reach up to 300 meters in height and plunge straight down into the water.White water adventureMore than 230,000 holidaymakers from around the world took part in Polish rafting between April and October last year. Once done with the descent, the guide would have to use muscle power to fight the current and pull the raft upstream.
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