Aaron_D wrote:My question is this: What is the best method of doing this without specialty equipment?
DON'T GET A MEASURING WHEEL.
Get yourself a 300' Stanley Power winder tape - or some other 300' tape. I have one for work and those are awesome. Wheel's are horribly innaccurate over rough terrain - even mowed grass. These tapes generally run about $30 which is less than most wheels. I am a construction inspector for road and sewer projects so I basically measure stuff for a living.
Start at the pad or the basket with one of your buddies holding the end of the tape. Walk out until you either get to the other end of the hole or you reach 300'. Mark on the ground the 300' mark and have your buddy walk past you going toward the other end. Basically while you stay at the 300' mark your buddy walks past essentially doing a giant leap-frog. If the hole is over 600' then make a mark at 600' while you walk past your buddy leap-frogging again.
Once you do it one time it will seem a whole lot simplier than what I am babbling about here. Oh, and by the way, I don't know if I said this already but DON'T GET A MEASURING WHEEL.
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