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The Half Dome route from Happy Isles is a long hike (16-17 miles, +5000ft), though only reaches 8850ft at the top (the same elevation of some 14er trailheads). Half Dome's cables are a bit more hairy since the exposure is longer and if you lose your footing on that section and fall, you are likely to have some serious consequences if not be dead. No Class 1 or 2 standard routes on 14ers have this risk, though theere could be on the Class 3-4 routes.
As far as 14er comparison to Angles Landing: The Angels Landing hike is fairly easy and is also roughly half the height of a 14er, so keep that in mind in making comparisons for time, distance and effort. For easier 14ers, I suppose you can say the standard routes up Bierstadt, Grays, Sherman. Elbert is also straightforward but is longer and you gain 4500+ft.
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Technical difficulty-wise, which 14er do you think is most similar to Angels Landing? How about in terms of exposure?
In technical difficulty and exposure, Longs is probably a fair comparison. Angels Landing would be more exposed than Longs (Keyhole Route) if it weren't for the chains, but with the chains it doesn't seem as exposed as say the Narrows on Longs.
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