I will try to set up my mobile radio to listen in on the Rim link repeater system tonight when I arrive at the campground. I can't guarantee we will be up this evening, but we should be on the repeater system on Saturday and Sunday. These repeaters are not ours so there will be others on there as well.
As you get closer to the campsite, try the simplex frequency.
Campsite simplex frequency will be 446.050 Rimlink frequencies In the Valley 147.360 PL 162.2 In the campsite: 147.140 PL 162.2
When new hams join up, there are many misconceptions that you need an expensive radio. There are those who go searching on the internet for info on what radio to purchase, or what radio they need. These are all great questions and one that stumps most people. They see or hear about a particular radio from a "friend" or a relative. Or they go to a club meeting and see someone with a particular type of radio and they automatically think that that's the radio for them or they "need" to get that specific radio.