Well, first a comment that the BRAG is not
by any means one of the easier ones, it's a very challenging path and one that, as you've seen, leads it self to plateaus of pain. 8-\
On the other hand... if you're dying too much you're just in the wrong area. Back up. Go to where you don't die. SOMETHING will drop, and you'll be able to move forward a bit, where something ELSE will drop. Finally something good will drop, and you're all set, til you hit your next plateau
Unless there's something in the rules not allowing you to go back to an area you've already been through, this should work just fine.