My jacket is a North Face Resolve, good, and cheap. I'm impressed with HyVent, the only thing I don't like about it is the helmet-compatible hood it only sits right if you have a beanie hat or cap underneath which is alright if it's cold and wet not warm and wet, why they think people hike with helmets on is beyond me. My waterproof overtrousers are good too, made by Berghaus, Deluge I think.
Yanks. Spring forward and Autumn back, or something like that.
Is spam the best way to go, or corned beef maybe so you can also optionally make a corned beef hash with it? Sometimes I take it out the tin and put it in a sealed bag, no empty tin in my rubbish bag then with a nasty sharp edge on it. I've even emptied a tin of baked beans into a plastic bag before as well, that was weird, and was worried about it splitting/leaking in my pack and covering my gear in baked beans, that'd be nice.
Pitching a Vango Spirit 200 Bob is very much like making love to a beautiful woman, you spread her out on the ground, if it's blowing a gale and/or she wont keep still pin her down first, you have to caress her, make her feel loved like you want to spent all night inside her, then hold her with one hand whilst gently but purposefully sliding in your pole with your other hand.