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Ice climbing after ACL reconstruction?
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Aug 13, 2016
I got my left knee's Acl reconstructed (patellar graft) and meniscus removed yesterday. I am planning on making a trip to Ouray next January, I will be following my therapist and doctors instructions but I would like to hear from people that have gone through the same procedure.

How long did it took you to be able to climb ice and do general mountaineering again?

Also, I got the meniscus on my right knee repaired 6 months ago and physically it feels at 100% already, so hoping the recovery timeline is somewhat similar.

From Williston, North Dakota
Joined Nov 28, 2012
5 points
Aug 13, 2016
There have been many threads about ACLs in the past.

Recovery varies. I had several complications and it took almost 2 years to return to normal climbing. Most people could be close to that in about a year, though you can start climbing before that.

Recovery will be very different than a meniscal repair.
From Denver, CO
Joined Jan 26, 2012
42 points
Aug 13, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting set up for the crux.
Had ACL recon done many years ago in July. By mid-August I was rock climbing without too much difficulty. I started ice climbing by November and while the actual climbing wasn't a problem, approaches and particularly descents were more of a challenge. Slipping on snow, ice, or rock could lead to re-injury, so be careful! Dave Rone
From Eau Claire, Wis
Joined Jul 18, 2003
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