The capital-W Wilderness designation in the US is a contentious topic in outdoor recreation circles because it dramatically curtails human activities — you can’t mountain bike, you can’t dirt bike, you can’t even set up a weather station for a research study. “Wilderness is not about you” is a common refrain among activists. It’s a powerfully protective designation and there’s no doubt that it shields landscapes from industrial development and other negative impacts of human interaction. But it’s rooted in a Eurocentric ideology that’s based in an erasure of Indigenous history and the reality of…