Dave Balch has extensive experience
that makes him uniquely qualified
to help you meet your goals
Dave Balch has experienced 14 total eclipses of the sun (plus 4 annular eclipses) on six continents, three islands, and two cruise ships.
He has also inspired and motivated thousands with his book and presentations based on caring for his wife since 2002 through her ongoing battles with breast cancer. (This, too, played a big part in his eclipse-chasing.)
Dave Balch is a veteran eclipse chaser even while supporting his wife through four successful battles with breast cancer, starting a new career helping other family caregivers, writing a book, and taking care of a ranch, two horses, two cats, two dogs, and a really mean parrot.
Dave started with a backyard telescope when he was 10 (yes, telescopes had been invented then) which is when he first learned about eclipses and thought they sounded “neat.” In 1979 on a trip to Lake Tahoe, he saw television coverage of a total eclipse occurring near Portland, OR. He vowed right then and there that he would go to the next eclipse no matter where it was in the world, which took him to Kenya the following year. He was officially bitten by the eclipse bug. He now has 18 eclipses under his belt; 4 annular and 14 total. Eclipse travels have taken him to 29 countries on six continents plus 2 islands and 2 cruise ships.
After his wife’s diagnosis of breast cancer in 2002, Dave wrote a book and began a new career as a professional speaker, traveling around the country giving presentations about life challenges to patients, family caregivers, and medical professionals.
In 2000 Dave began lecturing on the eclipse experience at planetariums and astronomy clubs, and adopted the moniker “The Man in the Moon Shadow.” He even developed a motivational presentation using his eclipse experiences to illustrate how putting passion in one part of your life adds energy and enthusiasm to all parts of your life: “Getting From Burned-Out to Pumped-Up”
His two worlds of eclipses and cancer collided in 2002 when an eclipse in South Africa coincided with his wife’s cancer treatment but he was able to arrange for his wife’s care and still go. (His wife’s care and well-being is his top priority, but Dave has managed eight eclipse adventures since her diagnosis without compromising her care in the least.)
Eclipses and cancer collided again in 2006 when his wife’s cancer spread to her brain and she couldn’t go with him on the Mediterranean eclipse cruise they had planned. She said, “You better find some other way to see this eclipse because you aren’t missing one because of me!” So began a round-trip odyssey from Los Angeles to Turkey in 67 hours, 30 of which were on a plane!
Dave intends to go to every total eclipse for the rest of his life.