my strategy is to carry so little gear that when i am setup, i have a food bag and an empty pack.
Jeez, I hate to sound like a slob, but I usually just rake my pack explosion into some simblance of order under the fly's coverage and throw my rain jacket or pack cover over it. I hang the food, etc. from a critter hang. I've used more elegant methods such as Jeff's multiple-use pack cover turned into a gear hammock, but after a few days, everything stays on the ground where I can scrabble through it to find things I need more easily.
I use the pockets in the Clark to stow the gear from the pack and then I slide the pack into a trash sack and store it directly under the hammock. I have to pull all the gear out anyway to get packed the next morning and this way if I stay dry through the rain, so does my gear. Hanging it off the suspension doesn't do much for me except for my shoes/boots. I usually clip them to the foot end of the suspension. Less chance of critters making them a home overnight.
I hang my all-but-empty pack from one of the lightweight but strong caribiners that attaches the hammock to the suspension. Seems like the obvious thing to do. The only thing I leave on the ground by the hammock are my cheapo croc-like camp shoes.
For now, I just put everything on the ground underneath the hammock, wrapped up in my poncho or other rain gear. I've tried hanging my pack from the support lines, but it alters the hang of the hammock and it's hard to get a proper balance such that my head or feet aren't too high or low. Still looking for a solution, the ground thing only works when it doesn't rain too hard. I've had some pretty big puddles under my hammock in the past. Like the Clark solution, but then I'd have to buy a Clark to use it.
This weekend I used this setup. See attached pic. My first time out in woods with rings and toggle suspension with original Hennessy line on Backpacker model. I hung pack from ring buckles. Tyvek under hammock for shoes, this & that. 2 pockets on ridgeline for glasses, earplugs, book.
It was dry out so I'm not sure if water will drip down line and onto pack with this setup. If it does, I'll have to change things around.
If the rings are the first isolator in the line, it will get the pack wet. Hang a drip string on the hammock support just underneath the tarp...if that's not over your pack, it may work.
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slip one onto the line or webbing you tie around the tree, with the gate facing out...Hang the pack from the biner, with a plastic bag for rain protection...double the protection by coveringthe pack again with your poncho draped over it...(You need to keep the poncho handy and off the ground anyway).