The Discovery Channel’s show “Deadliest Catch” is an action-packed, intimate look into the lives of men who dare to brave treacherous waters in frigid conditions aboard 70-foot vessels laden with stacks of 750-pound crab pots in the midst of unforgiving storms — all for a $40,000 to $70,000 paycheck for less than two months of grueling work.Were it not for the proficient writing of a Battle Ground High School graduate, the show, approaching its 11th season, may never have seen the screen.Spike Walker wrestled, undefeated, in the heavyweight division all through high school and set a record in the shot put that still stands today. He took his athletic prowess to Spokane Falls Community College and to Oregon State University. During his college career, his 5-foot-11, 275-pound frame helped him set national shot put records that qualified him for the Olympic trials. He’s since been inducted into three halls of fame in Washington state.Walker, then a Yacolt resident, went on to attend a deep-sea diving school, which led him to work in the oilfields off the coast of Louisiana. He spent time balloon logging on the Hoh River outside of Forks, and while living in Alaska, he took a ferry to Skagway, hiked the 33-mile Chilkoot Trail, flew into Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, bought a 17-foot canoe and spent a month alone paddling 1,000 miles of the Yukon River. Then he sold the canoe to Native Americans and hitchhiked home.