Morrow will have a tour guide. Originally, he was going to go with two Australian women, but they rescheduled their trip, according to his blog, which he updated April 14 from Hong Kong before heading to Bangladesh, then Nepal.
"One day, I'd love to get to the top," he said. "You could actually see the curvature of the earth from there."
Along his journey, Morrow will rest up at tea houses in various Nepalese villages.
"I'm going to see what normal life is for people who don't live in Huntington Beach — what it's like to live in Nepal and to live in a village," he said. "I'm sure it's different from here, from having Direct TV access, television, Starbucks and a gas station on every corner. How do they live, what are their thoughts, beliefs and history?"
There are parallels between Mt. Everest and Morrow's life.
"There's a lot of tragedy up on that mountain, and there's also a lot of conquest and excitement and new ventures and new perspective," he said.
His mother, whom he refers to as his best friend and whom he spent years taking care of, recently passed away. Then his brother had a heart attack and another brother had a cancer scare, he said. Both brothers have overcome their health obstacles.
Morrow was also involved in a car accident about a year ago when a drunk driver hit him and his assistant principal, Jeanne Ellis, while on the freeway. The accident left Morrow, a skilled surfer, unable to do the sport he enjoyed.
"I came pretty close to not being able to do anything," he said. "It's time for me to do something for me and see that joy that comes from exploring our world."