Just recently, I got the awesome opportunity to have almost unrestricted access to a really cool indoor climbing joint near here. My first time there, I was in a sort of intro class where an intructor was giving a small group of us some basic info about climbing safety.
At one point, when he was discussing falls off the rock wall while bouldering (climbing w/o ropes) and the instructor explained that during a fall, its better to land butt-first than on, say, your neck/spine. His specific words were "Basically, think of your bottom as padding for the more important stuff".
After he said this, a girl in the group standing next to me whsipered *something* to a her climbing partner about diapers, after which the two started to laugh hysterically. While whatever she said was obviously meant as a joke, it did get me thinking...
Would being padded while rock climbing actually be doable? Would the additional padding really make a difference during the many falls that are a part of bouldering?
Does anyone have any experience trying such a thing?