I suggested to Joan earlier this weekend that we have a call mid/late this week to discuss these types of issues and determine the best way to guide contributions. We have done some research with our other sites to determine which page structures are most conducive to discovery through natural search, and the gear/resort pages are by far the most performant. Further, their performance is highly correlated with the number of pieces of related content, number of reviews, and number of edits to the "wiki" embedded in the bottom of those pages.
One thing that I think we need to do for sure is put something in the UI that indicates when content has been added to the wiki section of a gear/resort page so that you can click and be brought to that section of the page, because if not, there is no way to know that you should scroll all the way down.
In terms of the vision of those pages, it is for them to be a central repository for information on the gear/resort that is the subject of the page so that, for example, if there is a specific issue that plagues the buckles of a specific pair of boots, that there is a place for users to list those type of issues and resolutions. Or if you wanted to create an amazing guide as Bob has done, you have a centralized place to put it where others can add.
On the other hand, with an example like the Bootfitting Glossary, or recommendations for cross-training, those are broader topics that relate to many other topics on the site, so they are best suited for stand alone wikis that can then be appropriately tagged so they appear as related content in relevant places.
I hope this makes some sense - I think it's worth a conversation soon so we can figure out how best to surface the volumes of amazing content already here, and how to encourage best practices going forward. I definitely don't want that to come from us - I'll just explain the technical constraints/recommendations and we can go from there. Thanks all - hope you enjoyed the long weekend.