Ok, my winter camping success with the Clark North American has convinced me that this is my new pick for backpacking when I solo hike any season. I've always kept my gear in my tent with me to keep out little critters, like spiders. I can't stand spiders. Aside from my profound dislike of spiders, rain and such can do a number on your gear if left outside. What do you backpackers do with your backpack and other gear when heading in for the night? My boots or sandals (I'm starting to ditch the boots and just wear sandals when hiking less than 5 days) can go in the pockets underneath. The backpack though, should be kept dry and protected.
I was thinking that I could actually hang the backpack from one of the ends of the hammock, keeping it under the rainfly and fairly safe. What do you guys do?